Suburb Profile | Freshwater

02 September 2021

Freshwater is the quintessential coastal village and has become increasingly popular in recent years. Situated 2km north of Manly, Freshwater village is 500 metres inland from Freshwater Beach. The village is known for its popular main street, which features boutique fashion and surf-wear, homewares, cafes, bars, beauticians and bakeries. The unique retail mix, combined with a laid-back atmosphere, beckons barefooted surfers, workers and families alike.

Freshwater is a beautiful beach wedged between two headlands. It is a great beach for families with a terrific rock pool and a nice little playground.

Freshwater Beach is also home to the wonderful Pilu Restaurant. Giovanni Pilu and his team have been part of the Freshwater community for many years and are known for their exquisite Sardinian cuisine. With unbeatable views across the beach, this iconic fine dining experience is something to add to the bucket list.

Located just moments away from the beach, Harbord Hotel encapsulates Freshwater’s rich history and young spirit, offering a laidback haven for Northern Beaches locals from brekky to sundown. Following a stunning revamp in 2020, The Harbord Hotel offers a range of dining experiences, from casual dining in the bar area or a more sophisticated a la carte menu at the Balsa Restaurant.

The suburb itself is highly sought after with buyers from all over Sydney flocking to Freshwater for their own piece of this laidback, beach lifestyle. There a mixture of homes – with apartment blocks, renovated ‘Fishermans’ cottages and luxurious homes making it now one of the most popular places to live on the Northern Beaches.


  • E65 bus to the city.
  • 139 bus to Manly & Warringah Mall.


There are many highly regarded schools in the Northern Beaches area, for both primary and high school education. Please do your own research and refer to the school catchment area as per the School finder website.

  • Harbord Public School
  • Mackellar Girls High School
  • Balgowlah Boys High School


  • The new and exciting Harbord Diggers is positioned on the Freshwater/Curl Curl headland with stunning views right up and down Sydney’s northern beaches and dining options that range from casual to fine dining.
  • Mrs Jones the Baker has been a local favourite for years now, with pastries, pies and sausage rolls that will keep you coming back for more!
  • Freshwater Life Saving Club has a proud history stretching back over 100 years. The club continues to be one of the most influential in developing/promoting Surfing and Surf Life Saving in Australia and has strong ties to surfing culture. It is told that the first person to surf in Australia was the great Duke Kahanamoku at Freshwater Beach in December, 1914 when he showed off his surfing exhibition to the locals. The board that The Duke built from a piece of pine from a local hardware store is retained by the Freshwater Surf Club, still to this day.
  • Fishermans Walk head up the stairs by the Ocean Pool and follow the path around to South Curl Curl.
  • Freshwater is a close knit community, they even have their own online community newsletter, Friends of Freshwater.