Freshwater is a small, picturesque beach that reveals a glimpse of Manly beyond its southern Headland. It has a prominent lifesaving community and a quaint village atmosphere. With a slow pace and stunning outlook, it is a popular, peaceful destination for Sydney-siders and families looking for a quiet break. It is a beautiful coastal walk to Curl Curl north and Manly south.
This beach is famous for its surfing heritage where "Duke" Kahanamoku demonstrated surfing in 1915 on a surfboard carved from local timber! A statue on the northern headland celebrates this historic moment.