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Northern Beaches Council


The Northern Beaches Council area is located on Sydney’s northern beaches. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 250 square kilometres. The Northern Beaches Council area is mainly residential and national park, with some commercial and industrial areas, and some rural areas. The Council area includes substantial areas of water frontage, coastal foreshores, beaches, islands, national parks, bushland and reserves.

Key employment sectors in the Northern Beaches Council area include retail trade, health care, education, manufacturing, wholesale trade and construction. The major retail centres in the Council area are the Manly Town Centre (including Manly Plaza), the Mona Vale Town Centre, Pittwater Place Shopping Centre, Stockland Balgowlah Shopping Centre, Warriewood Square Shopping Centre and Westfield Warringah Mall Shopping Centre. Smaller retail centres include Avalon Shopping Village, Brookvale Shopping Centre, Careel Shopping Village, Collaroy Shopping Centre, Dee Why Grand Shopping Centre, Dee Why Market Shopping Centre, Dee Why Village Plaza, Forestway Shopping Centre, Freshwater Village, Glenrose Village Shopping Centre, Harbord Village, Killarney Heights Shopping Centre, Narrabeen Shops, the Newport Commercial Centre, Peninsula Plaza, The Centre (Forestville), Wheeler Heights Shopping Centre, various retail areas along Pittwater Road and Belrose SuperCentre. The main health care facilities are Manly Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital, with smaller facilities being Delmar Private Hospital, Manly Waters Private Hospital and South Pacific Private Hospital. Educational facilities are provided at The Northern Sydney Institute (Northern Beaches Campus), International College of Management Sydney, Australian Institute of Police Management, C3 College (Creative Arts and Bible College Sydney) and numerous private and public secondary and primary schools. The Council area has industrial land use in the southern suburbs of Balgowlah, Brookvale, Manly Vale and North Manly, the eastern suburbs of Cromer, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen and Warriewood, and the western suburbs of Belrose, Frenchs Forest and Terrey Hills.

Northern Beaches Council

NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Barrenjoey Road
  • Mona Vale Road
  • Pittwater Road
  • Sydney Road
  • Warringah Road
  • ferries from Circular Quay


  • Sydney CBD 10-30km
  • Sydney Airport 30-50km
  • Port Botany 30-50km
  • Sydney Cove 10-30km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Balgowlah (around Roseberry Street)
  • Belrose (north)
  • Brookvale (Greendale, Peninsula and Winbourne Industrial Estates)
  • Cromer (east)
  • Frenchs Forest (south-east)
  • Manly Vale (Manly Grove Business Park)
  • Mona Vale (between Pittwater Road and Barrenjoey Road)
  • North Manly (along Pittwater Road)
  • North Narrabeen (between Garden Street and Warraba Road)
  • Terrey Hills (along Tepko Road)
  • Warriewood (around Ponderosa Parade and the junction of Warriewood Road and Macpherson Street)