If there’s one thing we love celebrating in the local area – it’s the ocean! Come and join in the fun with lots of events and activities for the 30th Northern Beaches’ Ocean Festival…

One of the most special things about living in the Northern Beaches area is without a doubt its proximity to the stunning marine area that flanks our coastline. Given that the Northern Beaches has 80km of breathtaking coastline, and boasts five intertidal protected areas, and National and World Surfing Reserves, we have a lot to celebrate!

2023 will herald the 30th annual Ocean Festival celebration and Northern Beaches Council is inviting all to join in on the festivities. The event is also designed to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining the health and well-being of our oceanic ecosystems.

This year’s program runs for eight days from the 26 of November to the 3rd of December. There’s something for everyone in the great line up of community events. Here’s the rundown:

“Waves of Change” Sand Sculpture 

Sand art, marine excitement, and prizes. Don’t forget your bucket and spade!

When: Sunday 26 November 9am – 3:30pm

Where: Basin Beach, Mona Vale

Cost: Free

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/waves-change-sand-sculpture

SUP Yoga

Yoga on a stand-up paddle board and you don’t need to be good at it, you just need to be able to swim and have fun

When: Sunday 26 November 9am – 10:30am

Where: Many Cove, East Side

Cost: $65 per person, bookings required

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/sup-yoga-manly

Curl Curl Lagoon Clean Up

Look out for our environment and help the Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew clean out beautiful Curl Curl Lagoon

When: Sunday 26 November 10am – 12pm

Where: Griffin Road, Curl Curl

Cost: Free

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/curl-curl-lagoon-clean-northern-beaches-clean-crew

Kayak Tours

Explore our beautiful coastline via kayak

When: 3 Beaches Tour Sunday 26 November 10:30am – 2:30 am; Mini Manly Tour Saturday 2 December 11am – 12:30pm & Sunday 3 December 10:30am – 12pm

Where: East Side Pier, Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly

Cost: $50 for the mini tours, $125 for the 3 Beaches Tour. Bookings required.

More information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/3-beaches-kayak-tour & https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/manly-mini-kayak-tour

Rock Platform Tour

Join a local expert for a low tide tour of the North Narrabeen rock platform’s exceptional biodiversity

When: Sunday 26 November 2pm – 3:30pm

Where: Pelican Path, North Narrabeen

Cost: $10 for a family of four. Bookings required.

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/rock-platform-tour-north-narrabeen-0

Long Reef Rock Platform Tour

Take a guided tour of beautiful Long Reef Rock Platform with a local expert

When: Tuesday 28 November 4:30pm – 6pm

Where: Long Reef Headland, Collaroy

Cost: $10 for a family of four. Bookings required.

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/long-reef-rock-platform-tour-ocean-festival

Little Penguin Chalk Art

Learn about our endangered Little Penguin colony and see some beautiful, artist created chalk art

When: Friday 1 December 10am – 4pm

Where: Manly Wharf Forecourt

Cost: Free

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/little-penguin-chalk-art

Manly Snorkel and Walk Tour

A unique tour with EcoTreasure’s Advanced Ecotourism which allows you to see Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve from a new perspective

When: Saturday 2 December 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Shelly Beach Car Park, Manly

Cost: $109 per person. Bookings required.

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/manly-snorkel-and-walk-tour

Curating Collins Flat

Watch an artist create sculptures from plastics and rubbish collected from the Collins Flat Shoreline

When: Saturday 2 December 10am – 3pm

Where: Collins Flat Beach, Manly

Cost: Free

More information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/curating-collins-flat

Quarantine Beach Clean Up

Join Dive Against Debris for a beach clean up at Quarantine Beach

When: Sunday 3 December 10am – 12pm

Where: 1 North Head, Scenic Drive, Manly

Cost: Free

More Information: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/beach-clean-quarantine-beach

Finally, it wouldn’t be the Ocean Festival without the much-loved Underwater Photography competition. Head over to Northern Beaches Council’s website to view and vote on the work of some of our most talented underwater photographers.  

As always The Ocean Festival promises to bring the community together for a great week of events that help us all embrace and enjoy our coastline. You can keep an eye on any updates via Council’s website, and Facebook page.


Images: Northern Beaches Council

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