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Freshwater Beach

Swimming at Freshwater Beach started back in the early 1900s when campers would holiday close to the beach.  A small creek running out the north end of the beach provided fresh water for the campers and gave the beach its name.

Freshwater is part of the Manly-Freshwater National and World Surfing Reserve that recognises the historical, cultural and environmental values of famous surfing beaches. A beautiful beach wedged between two headlands. This is a great beach for families and only a short walk North from Manly.

Freshwater's unique claim to fame is that this is where surfboard riding was popularised in Australia by Hawaiian "Duke" Kahanamoku. Duke famously carved a board from a piece of local timber and demonstrated surfing for an enthralled crowd on 15 January 1915.

A life-size statue of Duke Kahanamoku on the northern headland commemorates the historic day.

Freshwater Beach Facilities: 

  • Public toilets
  • Shower
  • Beach
  • Playground
  • Viewing Platform
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking
  • Kiosk
  • Garbage Bin
  • BBQs
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