Clareville Beach is like a harbour beach but on Pittwater. It’s up north near Avalon but tucked away and really hidden. It’s a perfect little beach for families and a great one to visit when the wind is too strong for the other Northern Beaches.
The strip of Clareville Beach has 320m of beautiful clean sand and lovely clear water. It’s a great beach to visit with the kids, especially if you’re on your own with the kids.
Where is Clareville Beach
I had never even heard of Clareville before it was recommended to me. I suppose it is on of the Northern Beaches suburbs because its on our side of Pittwater, opposite from the North Shore. It’s a little suburb west of Avalon and just south of Palm Beach. It’s about 36 kilometres from Sydney’s City centre but it is quite hard to find. I still get confused going there.
The easiest address to use for Clareville Beach is Delecta Avenue, Clareville Beach, 2107. If you need a street number use 27 or 29.
How to get to Clareville Beach
The beach is a little hard to get to because of all the steep and winding roads leading down to the beach but once you are in the parking lot the beach is very accessible. Just go very slowly and you should be okay.
To get to Clareville coming from the Northern Beaches you head up towards Avalon and then hit a left and travel through Avalon’s little shopping strip. Its a lovely place to park and just walk through the shops.
There is council parking just off of the beach but it is limited and it is paid parking (unless you have a Northern Beaches sticker).
Clareville Beach Features
The beach’s suitability to families is evident by the people who were on the beach when we visited. We visited one weekday morning and there were three other families there with little kids, preschoolers probably. The weekend is slightly busier though, especially in the summer months during school term.
There is a nice strip of beach boarded by docks on both side. The sandy strip is wider than a lot of harbour beaches and the water is nice and shallow. While the adults can swim out if you go too far you will quickly find yourself amongst the boats.
What I really love about Clareville Beach is that I could sit on the beach with my little one without an umbrella and still be in the shade of the tall trees.
If you are interested in StandUp Paddle Boarding or a beginner this could be a great place to practice. I saw a few people going onto the water and exiting from this beach.
Clareville Beach Facilities
Between the parking lot and the beach you will find a few picnic benches and a few BBQs. There are also tall trees which shade the area throughout the morning.
Thankfully for those of us in the potty training stage of life – there is a block of toilets in the parking lot. You really can’t miss the toilet block in its light green glory.
If you’re looking for coffee or food, you need not get back in your car. Just beyond the car park (walking away from the beach) you will come across Clareville Kiosk. I didn’t get a chance to visit it on this occasion but I will definitely be back and then will report back.
WARNING on the day we visited there was a rather large jelly fish floating around. While I only saw one, another family I spoke to said it was quite common to find jelly fish at Clareville.
All in all it was a great find. Thank you to the family who suggested we go check it out. I can’t wait to take the whole family back on the weekend!
If you’re interested in finding more family friendly beaches in Sydney, these beaches should be appealing to you: