Curl Curl

Curl Curl. a suburb of northern Sydney located 18 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district, is known for its popular surf beach. Neighbouring suburbs include Freshwater, Brookvale andDee Why. Wingala is an adjacent locality.

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.

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. A lack of suburban development around it makes Curl Curl Sydney's most natural swimming beach. It is also its most dangerous with a couple of rips which shifts with the currents and tide. Rock pools at the northern and southern ends offer a safe haven for children with the former exposed to waves which flow over the pool wall. Avoid swimming in nearby Curl Curl Lagoon which has high bacteria levels. UBD Map 178 Ref G 13. Carrington Parade, Curl Curl.
Facilities: patrolled by lifesavers, changerooms, toilets, kiosks at surf clubs, reserve
Public transport: bus No. E65 from Wynyard, alight at Carrington Pde.

Curl Curl Lagoon: The name Curl Curl Lagoon was originally applied to Manly Lagoon, which empties into the ocean at Queenscliff, and the current Curl Curl Lagoon was named Harbord Lagoon. This was a result of the land grant of 'Harbord' originally being much larger than the suburb that later bore this name. The names were changed as a part of a renaming program in the 1980s to reflect the true location of the lagoons. Curl Curl Lagoon and Greendale Creek separate North Curl Curl from Curl Curl in the south. To the west the border with Brookvale runs along Harbord Road. Wingala is an 'urban place' as classified by the Geographical Names Board in the north and western parts of the suburb, lying on the southern slopes of a hill that overlaps into Dee Why. Headland Road marks the northern boundary, while the Tasman Sea lies to the east.

North Curl Curl Beach sits on the south-eastern border, south of Dee Why Head and lying under its cliffs, and is divided from Curl Curl Beach by the mouth of the lagoon. The suburb is generally characterised by the sometimes steep southern slopes of Wingala Hill and Dee Why Head to the north, which flatten out into the former floodplain of the lagoon towards the south.


The names Curl Curl and South Curl Curl are said to come from an Aboriginal word thought to mean 'lagoon' which would refer to nearby Manly Lagoon. Some sources suggest Curl Curl may be derived from the Aboriginal phrase curial curial, meaning river of life.

The first land grant here was made in 1818 to Thomas Bruin. The area was subdivided in the land boom of the 1880s into various estates, including Freshwater Heights and Curl Curl Heights. The southern part of present day Harbord was called Curl Curl Heights, but then the name was used to describe Queenscliff until the 1930s, being first recorded in 1899. Curl Curl North, which lies north of Dee Why Head, was renamed Wingala. Today, the name Curl Curl refers to the beach area of Queenscliff only.

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