Stretched out along the coastline north of Sydney, between Manly and Palm Beach, Sydney’s Northern Beaches combine urban sophistication with the laid-back lifestyle of the beach. From the art deco buildings of Manly, with its graceful sweep of Norfolk Pine-framed beach, to the busy surf breaks at Dee Why and Curl Curl, the Northern Beaches offer a perfect contrast to the frenetic life of Central Sydney. But just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean you need to go without the finer things in life: luxury hotels, excellent cafes and restaurants can be found all along the Northern Beaches. Blocks of ritzy apartments, and five-star hotels overlook the cerulean waters of the Tasman Sea and the long sweeps of pure white sand. In the hinterland beyond the beaches, you can find all manner of bush walks in the vast wilderness of Ku-ring-gai Chase, Australia’s second-oldest national park. Fans of the TV show Home and Away can make a pilgrimage to Palm Beach: setting of the fictional town Summer Bay. Walking and cycling trails meander along the coastlines, and you will never be far from a café or bar where you can wet your whistle.