Coastal Features: Barrenjoey to North Head

Barrenjoey Head: Aboriginal name meaning a young kangaroo. Has also been spelt Baranjuee, Barranyu and Barranjull.

Warners Rock: not known

Little Head: descriptive.

Whale Beach

Whale Beach: the origin of the name Whale Beach is unknown, although it is presumed to be associated either with the shape of the northern headland, or the beaching of a whale.

Dolphin Bay: the bay is named after the dolphins which frequent the area.

Careel Head: name is of Aboriginal origin, believed to be the name of an actual Aboriginal.

Taylors Point: recalls early settler Lieutenant James Taylor, who owned 30 acres here. He later became a well known artist.

Bangalley Head

Bangalley Head: Aboriginal name for the Bastard Mahogany Tree (Eucalyptus botryoides) which grows in this area. Bangalley Head is the most easterly point in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Hole in the Wall: descriptive. This cave used to be much larger than it is now, having collapsed through erosion.

St Michaels Cave: St Michaels or Monks Cave, a little to the north of the Hole in the Wall, was a natural curiosity. Father Therry intended to build a stone church above it. The homes on Marine Parade, Avalon behind St Michael's Cave are Sydney's most easterly residences.

Bilgola Head and Beach

Bilgola Head and Beach: Bilgola is an aboriginal name thought to mean swirling waters. James Meehan first marked it as Belgoula in his survey of 1814.

Newport Beach: The area came to be called Newport from about 1880. The name was first used in promotional literature produced for the sale of land.

Bungan Head: The name Bungan, of Aboriginal origin, was first recorded in a survey in 1814 as Bongin Bongin, referring to an area which included present day Mona Vale and Bungan and was granted to Robert Campbell junior.

Bongin Bongin Bay: A derivation of Bungan.

Warriewood Beach: in the 1880s, the Macpherson family farmed this land which was known as Warriewood. Of Aboriginal origin, its meaning is unknown.

Turimetta Beach / Head: believed to be a local Aboriginal clan or family name. In this area, the suffix 'etta' was part of a family name.


Narrabeen Head / Lakes: Aboriginal name believed to mean 'fresh water'.

Long Reef / Long Reef Point: descriptive.

Dee Why Head: said to be derived from the initials DY which is Latin for 'hard going'. The name is supposed to refer to the scrubland in the area as it was first encountered by white explorers.

Queenscliff Bay

Queenscliff Bay: named in honour of Queen Victoria. The name was later given to the nearby lagoon and holiday shacks.

Manly Beach: formerly known as South Steyne. The name 'Steyne' is taken from a thoroughfare in Brighton, England.

North Steyne: see Manly Beach.

Fairy Bower: originally called Montpelier Bay after the name of the subdivision - Montpelier estate - behind the bay. Reddall Street was originally called Montpelier Road and Bower Lane was called Bay Street.

Cabbage Tree Bay: cabbage trees were once predominant here.

Blue Fish Point: origin unknown.

North Head

North Head: It is the northern headland of the entrance to Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour)

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