Local Guide: Top 5 Northern Beaches Nature Escapes

When it comes to places as pretty as a picture on the Northern Beaches, try this superb selection.

Red Rock Headland

The striking headland looms large with the tranquil waters of Corindi River on one side and a patrolled surf beach on the other. The ancient rock formation, made from red quartz, is thought to be 300 million years old. It is considered a sacred site and place of reflection for the Gumbaynggirr people.

The Shipwreck of the ‘Buster’

Wander along Woopi’s Main Beach to find the remnants of Buster . A once grand sailing vessel almost 40 metres in length that washed ashore in 1893. While much of the wreck is usually buried beneath the sand, big seas can result in far more exposure of the ship’s tattered, wooden bones.

Woolgoolga Headland

A sought-after location for expansive, coastal views in all directions. This location is ideal for spotting whales during their annual migration. The headland walking trails include a loop track and a path toward Back Beach along the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk. The kids will appreciate a stroll to the headland’s base with large rockpools and rock hopping.

Moonee Beach Nature Reserve

With the shallows of Moonee Creek to wade through, a grassy area shaded by pandanus trees and easy access to littoral rainforest, this nature reserve ticks everybody’s wish list. One of the best places for picnics and group gatherings, it’s even loved by the family dog who is also welcome here.

Look At Me Now Headland

The name says it all. This is one of those stellar spots locals love showing off to visiting family and friends. Kangaroos lazing in the sun and miles of Moonee Beach to the south.With secluded Serenity Bay below and the phenomenal ocean and island views ahead. The vista of isolated headlands and beaches from here is Mother Nature at her finest. 

Don’t feed the wildlife. Never get too close to wildlife and do not feed them – it may be harmful to the animal or bird.