Come Experience the Best Dee Why Beach Has to Offer
The Strand, Dee Why Beach NSW 2099
Area: Northern Beaches
Dee Why Beach is a beautiful spot on the NSW North Coast. It’s well known for its surfing, but there’s much more to it than that.
Dee Why Beach is one of Sydney’s popular beaches and is located about 18km from the Sydney CBD. The beach itself is around 1.2 km long and patrolled by life savers during summer months. It’s a picturesque place boasting what many believe has some of Sydney’s finest sand! It stretches from Dee Why at the southern end to Long Reef at the northern end. Dee Why Beach was recently redeveloped and offers many great cafes and restaurants, a grassed area, playground and BBQs and picnic tables located along the coastal strip.
You will find a bike path that runs along the coast offering cyclists uninterrupted riding routes without having to stop for cars.
Dee Why Beach at a Glance
|Park / Reserve:||Yes|
|Shade:||Yes – in the reserve above the beach|
|Playground:||Yes – in the reserve above the beach|
|Cafes / Restaurants:||Yes – A large selection of cafes and restaurants right next to the beach|
|Toilets / Showers:||Yes|
|Parking:||Paid parking in carpark next to the beach and some unlimited parking in side streets|
Standup Paddle Boarding
Things to Do at Dee Why Beach
If you have young children, they will enjoy:
- Swimming at shallow pool at southern end of the beach
- Looking for sea creatures at rockpool
- Building a sandcastle or dripcastle
- Making sandcakes using baking moulds
- Collecting pebbles and driftwood
Older kids can:
- Cover a friend with sand and make them into a shark or a mermaid
- Build driftwood sculptures
- Have swimming races at the rockpool
- Ride a scooter on the beach promenade
Teenagers will have a lot of fun:
- Boogie boarding
- Taking photos and posting them on Instagram
- Jumping or diving into the waves
- Bouncing ball on the water
- Playing table tennis
Adults / parents / couples will enjoy:
- Listening to audiobooks or podcasts
- Watching the world go by
- Taking photos
- Have a picnic lunch
- Get creative with sand art
Is Dee Why Part of Sydney’s Northern Beaches?
Dee Why Beach is considered part of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It is located between Curl Curl Beach and Fisherman’s Beach. The Beach is divided into two areas – Dee Why Beach at the southern end and Long Reef Beach at the northern end.
Can You Swim at Dee Why Lagoon?
Dee Why lagoon is not really suitable for swimming, although there is a small area near Long Reef, where kids can splash. The Surf School sometimes takes its students there to practice on their boards before going into the surf
Is Dee Why Beach Patrolled?
Both ends of the beach, ie Dee Why Beach at the southern end and Long Reef Beach at the northern end are patrolled during summer months.
Can You Surf at Dee Why Beach?
Dee Why Beach is a popular surfing spot amongst locals. For a daily surf report and surf cam, check out Dee Why Beach page on Surfline website .
Beach Ocean Pool
Dee Why Beach has two pools at the southern end of the beach – a 50 metre pool and a small shallow toddlers pool. Both get cleaned regularly.
You will also find large rock areas next to the pool with many rock tiny pools that are homes to fascinating marine life. An awesome area to explore with your kids, but be careful as it can be slippery.
Dee Why Beach Water Temperature
The water temperature will range between 20-24°C during the summer months.
For up to date water temperature at Dee Why beach check out Sea Temperature website.
Dee Why Beach Yoga
Yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress and tension, as well as restore your body’s natural balance. Yoga can be practiced both at home or in the great outdoors! Join a yoga class at Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club. For more information visit Asana Yoga & Pilates website https://www.asanayoga.com.au/
Dee Why Beach Cafes and Restaurants
Cafes and Restaurants are numerous and varied, catering to the local community as well as visitors. The cafes offer many services ranging from all day breakfast, light lunches to gourmet dining. Many of these are open till late serving meals till 9pm or later.
Stella Blu is open for lunch and dinner six days a week and specialises in seafood, Mediterranean cuisine and pizza. You can sit inside or outside on the deck area which overlooks Dee Why Beach. Check out Stella Blu website.
Girdlers is a new, health-conscious food destination that has been gaining popularity with people from all walks of life. They are open from 6am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 7am to 4.30pm on Sunday and offer delicious and nutritious foods to enjoy guilt free! Visit Girdlers website.
French Basket Café
French Basket café is the home to the best breads, pastries and cheeses from France. Their croissants are fresh baked every day using only top quality ingredients. Find out more at French Basket Cafe website.
Beach Shed Café
A tiny café located on the walkway between the beach and rockpool, Beach Shed Café offers excellent coffee, smoothies, juices, bircher muesli and delicious breakfast meals including Beach Shed breaky burger, BLT and so much more.
Dee Why Beach BBQ Area
Located near the playground on the southern end of the beach, you will find several BBQs and picnic tables. Enjoy a spectacular view or watch your children play on the swings.
Dee Why Beach Playground
Michaela Howie Playground is located at the southern end of the beach and overlooks the swimming pools and the beach. It is an enclosed playground, so parents can be sure their toddlers will be safe. It features swings and a large play structure with slides and ladders.
Dee Why Beach Events
For an up to date list of what’s on on Dee Why Beach and on the northern beaches, check out the Northern Beaches Council website.
Toilets and Showers
There are several bathrooms and showers available at Dee Why Beach. You will find showers, change rooms and toilets near the surf club and also bathrooms near the toddler swimming pool.
Is Dee Why Beach Dog Friendly?
Dee Why Beach does not have an offleash area for your furry friends. Whilst many people do bring their dogs to the beach, they must be on a leash. The closest unleashed dog area is at Griffith Park, near Long Reef.
Dee Why Beach Markets
The Beach does not have regular market days, however, on special occasions such as Australia Day, International Women’s Day etc it hosts special events and markets.
The closest regular markets are:
The Beaches Market at Warriewood, which is open every Friday from 8am to 12.30pm.
Manly Arts & Crafts Market, open every weekend from 9am to 5pm
Berry Reserve Market, open every 3rd Sunday of the month from 9am to 3pm
For more information visit the “Discover Your Area” interactive map
Getting to Dee Why Beach
The best way to get to Dee Why Beach is by car, however you can catch public transport.
Dee Why Beach has 3 different bus services that run directly into Dee Why – Routes 220, 223 & L38.
To plan your trip, check out Transport NSW website – https://transportnsw.info/trip#/trip
Parking at the Beach
A large car park is located off Dee Why Parade. You will need to pay at the parking machines unless you have a local parking sticker. Dee Why is a relatively densely populated area with many apartments, so parking can be a little challenging, however, if you are looking for free all day parking, you may be able to find it in one of the side streets.
Curl Curl Beach
Long Reef Beach
Long Reef Golf Course
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