Curl Curl

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Curl Curl
SydneyNew South Wales
CurlCurl Beach.jpg
Curl Curl Beach viewed from the north
Population 2,415 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2096
Location 18 km (11 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s) Manly
Federal Division(s) Warringah
Suburbs around Curl Curl:
Dee Why North Curl Curl
Brookvale Curl Curl Pacific Ocean
North Manly Freshwater

Curl Curl is a suburb of northern Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 18 kilometres (11 mi) north-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council. It is part of the Northern Beaches region.


Curl Curl Lagoon and Greendale Creek, separate Curl Curl from North Curl Curl.[2] Neighbouring suburbs include Freshwater, Brookvale and Dee Why. Wingala is an adjacent locality. Curl Curl Beach runs along the eastern border and extends to North Curl Curl Beach.


The stretch of beach at Curl Curl is divided into North and South Curl Curl beaches. Curl Curl is known for some of the best surfing on the Northern Beaches.

Curl Curl Beach has two volunteer surf lifesaving clubs, South Curl Curl SLSC established in 1918 and North Curl Curl SLSC established in 1922.[3][4] Northern Beaches Council employs professional lifeguards to patrol this beach from the end of September until Anzac Day.[5] There are saltwater rockpools at each end of the beach.[6][7]


The name Curl Curl appears to be the original Aboriginal name for the larger area of Manly Vale, Freshwater, Queenscliff. The name Curl Curl may have been derived from a Dharuk Aboriginal phrase curial curial, meaning river of life.[8]

The name Curl Curl Lagoon was originally applied to Manly Lagoon, which empties into the ocean at Queenscliff. The lagoon that empties into the ocean at Curl Curl Beach was named Harbord Lagoon until it was renamed Curl Curl Lagoon as part of a renaming program in the 1980s. Manly Creek was originally named Curl Curl Creek and Queenscliff Headland was called Curl Curl Headland.[9]

In 1858 Samuel Bennett (who died 1903) paid £600 for a 80-acre (32 ha) property, in the Curl Curl/Brookvale area south of Greendale Creek and was farmed by Bennett up until the mid-1870s.[10] This area was later known as Brighton Park.[11]

Curl Curl Beach looking South ~1900-1927


At the 2011 census, there were 2,415 residents in Curl Curl. The majority of people were born in Australia (77.2%), with the top other countries of birth being England 6.1%, New Zealand 2.6% and South Africa 0.9%. Family households 78.2% were the main type of household, with the other household types being single person households 16.8% and group households 5.0%. Median monthly mortgage payments were $3,000, much higher than the national median of $1,800.[1]

Sport and recreation[edit]

Parks and playing fields are located on either side of Curl Curl Lagoon and Greendale Creek. These areas were originally low-lying swampy land that was reclaimed by dumping rubbish on both sides of the lagoon throughout the 1950s and 1960s.[12][13]

Curl Curl Youth Club has organised soccer and netball since 1958.[14]

Curl Curl Amateur Swimming Club runs regular Saturday afternoon swim events during the spring and summer months at the South Curl Curl rock pool. The club commenced in 1966 and has been running swimming events every year for swimmers of all ages and abilities ranging from learners to competitive athletes.[15]

1st/2nd Harbord Scouts meet at the scout hut, 43 Stirgess Ave.[16] Harbord Bowling & Recreation Club has four greens and regularly holds world-class tournaments.[17]

Public transport[edit]

Curl Curl is serviced by four bus routes, 136 Manly to Chatswood, 139 Manly to Warringah Mall, E65 South Curl Curl to Sydney CBD and the 159 Manly to Dee Why.[18]


Freshwater Senior Campus which is part of Northern Beaches Secondary College is for year 11 and 12 students, located on the corner of Harbord Road and Brighton Street, Curl Curl.[19]

Stewart House is located across the road from South Curl Curl beach and provides students with an opportunity for a break from their current circumstances. Stewart House opened in March 1935, more than 150,000 children have benefited from a stay at Stewart House.[20][21]

Curl Curl North Public School is a primary school located at Playfair Road near Abbot Road.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Curl Curl (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Curl Curl Profile". Dictionary of Sydney. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lifeguards". Warringah Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "North Curl Curl Rockpool". Warringah Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "South Curl Curl Rockpool". Warringah Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Curl Curl". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  9. ^ Champion, George & Shelagh. "Some Early History of Curl Curl Lagoon (now known as Manly Lagoon).". Manly Council. 
  10. ^ The Bennetts of 19th Century Manly By Jennifer Grant Jary, February 2007
  11. ^ Bennett family "The Bennetts of 19th Century Manly" PDF at
  12. ^ "NSW Parliament Hansard Papers". NSW Parliament. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  13. ^ "Dee Why Lagoon and Curl Curl Lagoon Floodplain Risk Management Study" (PDF). Warringah Council. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Curl Curl Youth Club". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Clubs of the District". Warringah Amateur Swimming Association. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "1st/2nd Harbord Scout Group". Scouts Australia. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Harbord Bowling Club". Harbord Bowling Club. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Transport NSW". Transport for NSW. NSW Government. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Northern Beaches Secondary College". NSW Department of Education and Communities. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Stewart House History". Stewart House. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Stewart House Opened". National Library of Australia. Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 1931. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Curl Curl North Public School". NSW Department of Education and Communities. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 

Coordinates: 33°46′20″S 151°17′24″E / 33.77213°S 151.28992°E / -33.77213; 151.28992