Cycling in Sydney: Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

Location - Sydney, Australia
Distance -  8.4km around the lagoon. Detour to Dee Why add 10 km for the round trip.
Terrain - Shared pedestrian path and cycleway. The path is sealed in some sections only, therefore it is not suitable for road bikes.
Difficulty - Flat and very easy
Highlights - Beautiful views across the lake.

Smooth easy cycling for much of the trail.

Parking - Unless you live in Warringah Shire and have a parking sticker, the car parks at Middle Creek Reserve and Jamieson Park charge extortionate amounts. There is free parking at Deep Creek Reserve, which is in the Pittwater Council area. An underpass under Wakehurst Pky links the reserve to the trail. There is also free parking at the small reserve at the end of Wimbledon Ave.

It is not all smooth concrete. 

The trail is perfect for families. This is a shared cycle path and walkway. With a couple of playgrounds along the route, you will pass lots of mums and dads out with young children and if you are lucky a few mother ducks with crowds of newly hatched ducklings. This is not a trail for riding fast. Slow down, enjoy the views and cruise.

You need to keep an eye out for mums and bubs.

Cafes - There are a few cafes just past the Pittwater Rd bridge and lots more at  Dee Why beach.

Sunset over the lagoon.

Detour to Dee Why Beach - Lovely as this cycle is it isn't really long enough for us. Leave the lake path at the far southern end and cycle adjacent to James Wheeler Pl and Sth Creek Rd. Keep straight ahead at Fisher Rd North and take the cycle path next to the petrol station opposite Grover Avenue. This follows Dee Why Creek all the way to Dee Why Beach.

The recent storms took their toll with much of the trail blocked by fallen trees. 

Did anyone else see this guy? Have you got a better photo?

Have you walked, cycled or jogged this path? If so, I would love to hear what you thought of it. 

Note: This post is the first in a series which I am writing on cycle paths in Sydney. Look for other cycling posts under the tab 'Cycle Paths and Rail Trails'.

If you would like to read about the same trail from the perspective of a walker see this post by a fellow Sydney travel blogger - Narrabeen: A day walk through this northern beaches suburb


  1. Looks like a most wonderful place to cycle. Thanks for sharing. I think cycling is a wonderful way to spend some family time

    Leaving some fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT

    1. Hi Rhianna. Thank you. I thought my upload to #IBOT failed. I couldn't find it when I went back and checked but clearly it didn't.

      The best thing about this ride is that it is so easy to take the family along.

  2. Looks lovely. I love finding a great walking path around the place.

    1. Hi Jess. So do we. this one is kind of special because it is not far from where I lived as a young child.

  3. I agree about slowing down. It's safer that way and you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings so much more.

    1. It is much more enjoyable when you aren't whizzing past everything.

  4. It would be much easier if there was a map to help plan for the ride. I'd be grateful if someone knew of one. thanks