This month, there are a heap of events that celebrate the best of the Beaches and our country –  from pool parties, to markets, outdoor cinema, a kids’ disco and thong throwing comps, here what’s happening…


Food Truck Party – Sat 21 Jan, 12-7pm (John Fisher Park, Curl Curl)

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John Fisher Park transforms into an international food playground with vendors representing cuisines from across the world on the Beaches this month. Relax on your picnic rug while listening to great Australian music and enjoying a smorgasbord of food, including Greek souvlaki, Turkish gozleme, German bratwurst, Yum Cha, North African BBQ, wood-fired pizzas and Nutella donuts.

Rock Platform Tour – Sat 21 Jan, 3:30-5:30pm (Long Reef Rock Platform) or Sun 22 Jan, 3:30-5:30pm (North Narrabeen Coastal Environment Centre)

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Discover the biodiversity that exists between the land and the sea on one of two low-tide rock platform tours at Long Reef or North Narrabeen. Sea stars, sea hares, elephant snails, limpets and crabs are just some of the creatures that you may discover under the guidance of a Northern Beaches’ Council Educator. Bookings are essential and are priced at $10 for a family of four.

Jellybean Jam at North Curl Curl SLSC – 80s Night Charity Event Jan 21


Founded in 1922, the North Curl Curl SLSC is a volunteer community service provided by community minded individuals, who have been trained as qualified Surf Life Savers. This January they’re holding an 80s Night Fundraiser with Jellybean Jam. All proceeds go to training surf lifesavers & putting rescue equipment on North Curl Curl Beach. Tickets are $60, which includes 1 free drink on arrival and dinner. Dress up in your 80s best!

Tickets online

Australia-Made Market – Sun 22 Jan, 8am-2pm (James Meehan Reserve)

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Treat yourself and support local makers at the Northern Beaches’ Australia-Made Market. Grab a coffee, listen to live tunes and browse the stalls at your leisure, including local-made jams, organic condiments, handmade jewellery and candles, up-cycled coffee pods, eco-luxe homewares, vegan skincare and more.

Open Air Cinema – Wed 25 Jan, 5:30-8pm (Winnererremy Bay)

Bring your picnic rug and enjoy a night under the stars at the Open-Air screening of the Australian movie, Oddball. This family-friendly film follows an eccentric chicken farmer who, with his granddaughter’s help, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town. Tickets are $5 and the first 1000 people receive a free bag of popcorn. Food trucks are also selling movie snacks including wood-fired pizza, crepes and gelato.

Shop and Sip Night Market, Hotel Steyne Covered Rooftop, Manly, Jan 25

The Shop and Sip monthly night market is back at Hotel Steyne Rooftop on Australia Day Eve. Enjoy ‘the no work tomorrow’ feeling as you browse the best of local vendors, artisans and designers, with drink in hand! There will be fashion, jewellery, decorative gifts and more.  Get a group of friends together for this January’s Shop and Sip.

Shop and Sip is a collaboration between The Steyne’s Marketing and Activations team and retail group The Pop Up Collective, founded by Judith Treanor. Happening on the last Thursday of the month, the event has grown fast since its inception last June. By November the number of stall holders had doubled in size, and the event was big enough to be spread out across the two bars: The Beach Club and The Glass House. Several vendors come back month after month. They love the unique vibe, as do the shoppers who come to browse products from local businesses, eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere, which includes live music. What’s not to love about that combination?

It all happens between 6-10pm on the rooftop. Free entry. Everyone welcome. FB event page
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Australia Day Eve Kids Disco, Harbord Diggers Jan 25

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Running out of things to do these school holidays? Come down on Australia Day Eve to the Diggers for our Kids Disco!🕺

From 5pm – 7pm in the Harbord Diggers Community Room. The theme? Dress up as your favourite Australian Animal!

Lucky door and best dressed prizes up for grabs! Get in quick, limited tickets available. Please note: parents will be required to supervise for this event. $7 per child Bookings essential.

To book your ticket 👉

Australia Day, Harbord Diggers Jan 26

Join in the celebrations at the iconic Diggers! DJ Sammy will be spinning on the Ocean Terrace from 1pm-4pm. Make sure you get tickets in the Aussie Day Raffle with great Australian prizes on offer. DD Collective will be offering up a great Australian menu including Snag in a Roll with onion and cheesy sauce, Lamingtons, Mini Pav with passionfruit salsa and chantilly cream. Or book in for Teddy Larkins’ shared boards of Aussie beef, pork, lamb and seafood. There’s also face painting for the kids from 11am-2pm.

Australia Day Breakfast, Newport Beach – Thur 26 Jan, 7:30-11:30am (Bert Payne Reserve)

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Celebrate and support our local community at Newport Beach’s Australia Day BBQ Breakfast. Kids can enjoy amusement rides, face painting and thong throwing, while adults are catered for with coffee vendors, gelato and live music from the Northern Beaches Concert Band.

Australia Day Pool Party – Thur 26 Jan, 9am-12pm (Warringah Aquatic Centre or Manly’s “Andrew Boy Charlton” Aquatic Centre)

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Celebrate with a splash at these Australia Day Pool Parties featuring large pool inflatables, diving boards, DJ and roving entertainment. Entry is free for both pool parties at Warringah Aquatic Centre or Manly’s “Andrew Boy Charlton” Aquatic Centre.

Australia Day, Pittwater RSL

AUSTRALIA DAY 🦘SAVE THE DATE 🤩. Thursday 26th January from 12pm.

We have loads happening on the day, check it out :
🍻Drink specials:
$20 cruiser buckets (5 cruisers)
$5 balter eazy hazy schooners all day
$7 frozen margaritas

🌭Aussie dining specials available lunch & dinner – Glasshouse Grill
PLUS thong throwing & bean bag games
loads of fun throughout the day!

🎵 Jimmy Bear is LIVE + FREE from 1:30pm AND The KuRing Guy from 5pm on the Deck @ Pitty

Australia Day – Manly, Thur 26 Jan, 9am-1pm

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This Australia Day, the Northern Beaches Council reflects on being surrounded by friends, family and community. Pick up a coffee or takeaway lunch from one of Manly’s fabulous local cafes, while listening to music by Tim Colon and band Skivi & Co. There’s also roving entertainment for the kids including some larger-than-life characters from Icarus Productions and Happy Hoopy Life and Friends.

Australia Day – Dee Why Beach, Thur 26 Jan, 10am-12pm (Ted Jackson Reserve)

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Grab a blanket and join in the Dee Why Australia Day celebrations at Ted Jackson Reserve with live music from Sax Summit, roving entertainment by Icarus Productions and Fresh Creating by James Maltman – Now You’re Chalking. Support local and pick up a coffee or takeaway lunch from one of Dee Why’s fabulous cafes.

Australia Day – Collaroy Beach, Thur 26 Jan, 10am-3pm 

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Enjoy and learn about First Nations culture at Collaroy’s Australia Day event with dancing, a smoking ceremony, art workshops, bush tucker walks and tastings. The local First Nations community will guide the activities with family entertainment and live music to follow.

Australia Day Long Weekend, Forest Hotel Jan 26 – Jan 28

Get ready for Australia Day Weekend for 2023! We will have a weekend full of fun & excitement. Here’s a few things that we have install for the weekend:

-Live Music in the afternoon on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th
-Hottest 100 playing all day on Saturday 28th
-Garden Games in the Beer Garden
-Aussie BBQ Food Specials all weekend
-All Day everyday Drink specials to suit everyone’s taste

Palm Beach Clean Up, Sunday January 29


What a great way to end January with a beach clean up! Come and join us for our January clean up at Palm Beach. We’ll meet in the grass area south of the North Palm Beach Surf Lifesaving Club – see map in our event. We have gloves, bags and buckets. We’ll clean up this area to try and catch all the litter before it enters the ocean. We’re trying to remove as much plastic and rubbish as possible before it enters the ocean. Some of us can focus on Pittwater area, grass areas and others can walk along the beach. We will clean up until around 11.20 and after that we will sort and count the rubbish, so we can contribute to research by entering it to a marine debris data base. The sorting and counting is normally finished around noon and we’ll often go for lunch together at our own expense. We understand if you cannot stay for this part, but are grateful if you can. We appreciate any help we can get, no matter how small or big. No booking required – just show up on the day. We’re a friendly group of people and everyone is welcome to this family friendly event.

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