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Sydney Beaches: Curl Curl

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We thought we’d kick off our blog with a little overview of Curl Curl (or Curly) as the locals call it. South Curl Curl is the Sydney beach suburb we have chosen to call home, so it has a special place in our hearts.

About Curl Curl

Located on Sydney's northern beaches between Dee Why and Freshwater, North Curl Curl and South Curl Curl beaches blend into a 1.2 km stretch of beautiful sand dunes and surf. In fact, it is one of Sydney's best surfing beaches, averaging 1.6m waves.

The northern part of the beach has a quiet lagoon that flows into the sea, which is a great area for kids, with its shallow water.

It’s mainly frequented by locals here, so it doesn't get nearly as busy as the likes of Manly and Dee Why, but it is close enough for a short trip to either one to immerse yourself in a more bustling vibe.

Curly is a real natural beauty with its rocky headlands, sun-soaked beach, wonderful ocean pool and open parklands and reserve.

And we have our more than our fair share of breathtaking sunrises.

Living in Curl Curl

If you live here already, you’ll know just how special this place is.

If you’re looking to move to the beach, this may help you to decide if Curly is the right place for you.
This is a very residential suburb and is dominated by family homes, so it provides a great lifestyle for families. You’ll find very few apartment blocks here – instead, you will see a variety of residences from quintessential Australian beach houses, to contemporary luxury homes, making the most of the incredible views we have here.

The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, with a cluster of neighbourhood shops and cafes, parks, picnic areas and playgrounds.

Ocean fishing is a popular sport, as well as netball, softball and hockey, catered for at John Fisher Park alongside the lagoon.

You’ll find a list of our favourite spots as well as a list of local schools at the end of this post.

Swimming at Curl Curl

Double the pleasure - we have two of everything!!

Each end of the beach has its own surf life saving club, car park, café/kiosk and ocean pool, perfect for swimming laps and ideal for children, or less than confident swimmers.

The beaches are patrolled by lifeguards between September – April.

If you are planning to swim at the beach, make sure you stay between the flags, as there are several rips at any one time, the most notable one being the infamous ‘Garbage Bowl’ at the southern end of the beach.

We are both Patrol Captains at the South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, so we’ll be there to look out for you!

North Rock Pool

This pool is pretty unique, as it is so tucked away into the cliff face, which overhangs the pool one side, and it has two big rocks in the pool itself forming a couple of ‘islands’. It’s also quite unusual to have an ocean pool like this on the northern end of a bay, which can make it vulnerable to heavy seas and swells off the south, so please take care when swimming here – and watch those little ones.

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South Rock Pool

We particularly love this pool. It has a great 50m pool section, marked with lanes at the ends for lap swimming. A wall divides this section from a shallow paddling or wading area with a gradual walk into the water, emulating the natural walk into the ocean.

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If, for you, all of this ocean activity is more of a spectator’s sport, just find a spot at Gusto on the Beach, where you can relax and watch the multitude of surfers, body boarders and ocean swimmers negotiate the rolling ocean waves, while sipping your favourite coffee.

Activities

Park Run

Meet up every Saturday at 7 am for the Park Run Curl Curl, where people of all ages come together and run for 5 km – no racing, no pressure – just fun!

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Nippers

The Nippers programme is designed to allow children over 5 to gradually learn about beach and water safety, lifesaving skills and teamwork, while making friends in a supportive environment on Sunday mornings, from October to April.

The North and South Curl Curl SLSCs have been going since 1922 and 1918 respectively and both are proud to report ‘no lives lost’ since their beaches have been patrolled.

South Curl Curl SLSC Nippers

South Curly is a family oriented club – these guys make it really fun and educational.

It’s also a very social club, holding regular Sunday breakfast barbeques on the promenade after Nippers.

Friday evening nippers and sippers as well as Sunday evening sippers are held often during the season.

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North Curl Curl SLSC Nippers

The North Curly team really wants the kids to enjoy their Sundays at the beach, while developing their skills and they, too encourage all parents to get involved in training - and also as cooks at the weekly after-nippers barbeque.

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Places To Eat

Gusto on the Beach
Speciality coffee and café fare
South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, Carrington Parade, South Curl Curl
02 9939 5689
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Penny Lane Cafe
Fresh house made produce
1/31 Brighton Street, Curl Curl
02 9905 0022
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Cooh Organic Coffee
Gourmet organic café fare
64-68 Pitt Road, North Curl Curl
P. 02 9939 8565
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Curly's On The Corner
Classic café fare with a kid’s corner
77 Pitt Road, North Curl Curl
02 9401 0195
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Playgrounds & Recreation

John Fisher Park Playground & Playing Fields
Fenced in playground next to playing fields
Abbott Road, North Curl Curl
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Surf Reserve
Spacious playground behind the sand dunes of North Curl Curl beach
Surf Road, North Curl Curl
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Stirgess Reserve
Neighbourhood playground with plenty of shade and picnic tables
9 Stirgess Avenue, Curl Curl

Schools

Curl Curl North Public School
Co-ed, yrs K-6
Playfair Road, North Curl Curl
02 9905 1757
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Manly Selective Campus
Co-ed Selective, yrs 7-12
138 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl NSW 2099

Northern Beaches Secondary College
Co-ed, yrs 7-12
21 Campbell Parade, Manly Vale NSW 2093

St. Luke's Grammar School
Co-ed Anglican, yrs pre-K - 12
210 Headland Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099

Pittwater House
Co-ed independent school, yrs K-12
70 S Creek Rd, Collaroy NSW 2097
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