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The picturesque beachside village of Avalon is 37km north of the Sydney CBD. The Northern Beaches peninsular is home to a stunning stretch of coastline spanning a staggering 40km dotted with villages and towns, starting at Manly and curving all the way up to the famous Palm Beach.

How do I get there?

Public Transport From the City

  • By bus:  BLine bus from C Stand at Wynyard Station, to Mona Vale terminus then 199 bus to Avalon Beach. 100m walk to Avalon Recreation Centre: approx travel time 1hr 10 mins


  • By ferry/bus:  Ferry to Manly (Wharf 3) then 199 bus from Manly Wharf, West Esplanade, Stand B to Avalon. 100m walk to Avalon Recreation Centre: approx travel time 1hr 10 mins (plus connection time)


Travelling By Car

  • From South:  Via Wakehurst Parkway, Pittwater Road, then Barrenjoey Road to Avalon Beach.  Park in one of the two free council car parks behind the Avalon Recreation Centre: approx travel time from CBD 50 mins


  • From West/North: Via Mona Vale Road, Pittwater Road, then Barrenjoey Road, to Avalon Beach. Park in one of the two free council car parks behind the Avalon Recreation Centre: approx travel time from Hornsby 40 mins

From the Central Coast

  • Avalon is only 10 mins from the Palm Beach Ferry terminal. Sail over from Wagstaffe or Ettalong for the day. The ferry timetable can found HERE

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Why not make a weekend of it?
Stay awhile, relax, browse and enjoy.
Metro Mirage Hotel

2 Queens Parade West, Newport, NSW, 2106

Newport is located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, 30 kilometres north of Sydney CBD.


Nearby Attractions

  • The Newport: 100 metres

  • Newport Beach: 1.8 kilometres

  • Northern Beaches Readers Festival, Avalon Beach: 5.8 kilometres

  • Ku-Ring-Gai National Park: 10.4 kilometres

  • Palm Beach: 11.2 kilometres

Driving time to festival: 10 mins

Bus 199: 15 mins

Pasadena Sydney

1858 Pittwater Road,

Church Point 2105

Positioned directly on the Broken Bay waterfront at Church Point, PASADENA offers 14 well-appointed guest rooms, with picturesque views and modern bathroom amenities.

PASADENA has a rare and exceptional waterfront location on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, with direct access to the Pittwater and Hawkesbury River.

Driving time to festival: 20 mins

Bus 156 then 199: 45 mins

Holiday Rentals

There are many holiday rentals in Avalon and neighbouring villages, ranging from youth hostels to luxury holiday homes and everything in between. Search your favourite booking site like AirBNB & STAYZ  for Avalon, Bilgola, Newport, Mona Vale, Narrabeen. 

Or check out the NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park, Narrabeen, with onsite cabins, powered sites and tent sites.

Driving time to festival: 10 to 20 mins

Bus 199: 15 to 45 mins


Manly also has a range of accommodation options for every budget.

Driving time to festival: 35 mins

Bus 199: 50 mins

*Accommodation listed on this site is not vetted or endorsed by NBRF

See, listen to, and meet your favourite authors at the Northern Beaches Readers Festival then take some time to explore the beautiful Northern Beaches from Manly to Palm Beach
Things to see and do on the Northern Beaches in September


There are beautiful beaches to comb, and hundreds of coffee shops to visit, explore the coastline plunging into the ocean, explore the tranquil shores of Pittwater and visit wonderful waterside eateries.


The Bicentennial Coastal Walkway:  Stretches all 36kms from Manly to Palm Beach and showcases our spectacular coastline, offering views from some of Sydney’s most beautiful vantage points.



The home of the Northern Beaches Readers Festival


  • Shopping Precinct: A double cinema, independent clothing boutiques, beachy home wares stores and a plethora of healthy eating places, gives the village a great holiday vibe.


  • Manly Beach stretches out for three kilometres. For something a little quieter, and more family-friendly, take a scenic walk south to Fairy Bower Pool and pretty Shelly Beach

  • Hire a bicycle and discover hidden harbour coves and beaches, such as Little Manly Cove and Collins Flat Beach. The 10km manly to Spit Bridge Walk rewards you with fantastic views across the harbour.

  • Browse the weekend Manly Arts and Craft Market




  • Walk along Long Reef Headland

  • Collaroy Beach Club: A licensed club for lunch overlooking Collaroy Beach



  • The 8km walk around the Narrabeen Lagoon walk has a well-formed path and takes about 2 hours. 

  • Do sections of the Bicentennial Coastal Walkway, starting near North Narrabeen ocean rock pool.

  • Hire a pedal boat or kayak, or learn Stand-up Paddle with Jamieson Park Paddle at the Narrabeen Boat Shed. The shallow lagoon and lack of current or swell makes it a fantastic place to learn.



  • Warriewood Wetlands Walk: This easy boardwalk across large sand plain wetlands in Sydney's north is full of birdlife.



Mona Vale

Mona Vale is one of the main business hubs on the northern beaches and has a myriad of shops, restaurants and coffee shops.

  • Flying Fox Café: Set on the edges of Pittwater, with a large playground onsite, is a great place for coffee and kids. The green space, trike track and barbeque area adjacent is fine for all the family. Then follow the walking trail to Winnererremy Bay: where you'll find an off-leash dog park, Boat-launching ramp, and a safe sandy foreshore, the park also has barbeques, public seating and amenities.

  • Katandra Bushland Sanctuary: Nestled just off Mona Vale Road, this bush sanctuary is open to the public on Sundays from July - October, 10am - 4pm. The wildflowers are out in spring and a short 1-2km walk takes you through rainforest remnants.



  • Walk from Newport Beach over the headland to Bilgola Beach and have a coffee at Beco on Billy’s (Bilgola Beach)

  • Newport has many independent clothing boutiques, fabulous home wares and a variety of coffee shops and restaurants.

  • Newport is home to two fantastic lunch spots where you can watch the yachts on Pittwater, The Newport and the Royal Motor Yacht Club, both have outdoor terraces where you can enjoy the view.



Palm Beach

  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse: The sandstone monolith built in 1881 is a half-hour walk (not wheelchair friendly) from the northern end of the car park. There are no toilets or drinking water at the top so bring your own.

  • Palm Beach Ferries: Fantasea Cruising ferry service takes you across to Ettalong, or the Basin for camping.

  • Palm Beach & Hawkesbury Cruises take you to Bobbin Head or Cottage Point for lunch, or drops you off at quaint and quiet Patonga Beach for a picnic

  • Bible Garden: High on the hill overlooking the beach and lighthouse, is a secluded patch of land dedicated by Gerald Hercules Robinson in the 1960's to provide a contemplative place to admire God's creation.

  • Eat: Simple fish and chips opposite the wharf, an elegant lunch at Barrenjoey House, or decadent 5-star lunch at Jonah's Restaurant, high on the cliffs above Whale Beach.  

  • Walk along Palm Beach and spot the locations of TV show Home and Away.

  • The Beach House at the north end of Pittwater is a fantastic spot to eat and watch the seaplanes land and take off. Their sister store The Beach House Home sits opposite the golf course and sells a beautiful range of home wares.

*Businesses mentioned on this site are not vetted or endorsed by NBRF

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