Life revolves around the beach in this laid-back yet bustling Northern Beaches hotspot. Dee Why blends its multicultural makeup and lively shopping district with the laid-back surfie vibe along popular Dee Why beach – a trait that has long been capturing the attention of Sydneysiders.
This lively beachside suburb gets going before the sun rises. Locals take advantage of coastal living by hitting the beach, rock pool or the promenade for their morning exercise before the commute to work.
The extended beach area is the pulsing heart of Dee Why. The rolling emerald waves attract surfies who can be seen bobbing in the water year round. The beach also plays host to annual community events, from the festive Australia Day and New Year’s Eve fireworks, to the active Sun Run and the pro surf boat series, Ocean Thunder.
In the warmer months, the sandy shores and the adjoining Ted Jackson Reserve become the focal point as families enjoy a picnic lunch on the grass with the seagulls. The fenced-in playground and long pathways, ideal for bikes and scooters, are perfect for the youngest residents. Across the road, the cluster of alfresco cafés and restaurants that line The Strand offer tables with expansive views where you can while away the hours, day or night.
Head a kilometre inland towards bustling Pittwater Road and you feel worlds away from the beach. A busy bus interchange connects Dee Why to the CBD.
The area’s diversity is highlighted in the variety of Asian and Indian grocery stores that are mixed in with delicatessens and multicultural dining options.
When it comes to property, Dee Why is a suburb of contradictions, with contemporary mansions sitting alongside low-cost apartments.
Over a third of the dwellings in Dee Why are apartments, covering the full spectrum from older mid- to low-level apartments along Oaks Avenue and Pacific Parade, to new boutique developments along Sturdee Parade and Pittwater Road.
Closer to the water, contemporary and older-style homes are nestled in along the coastline on Monash Parade and Boronia Avenue. Head over to the other side of Pittwater Road and up on the hillside where older-style homes with glimpses of the ocean are situated on McIntosh Road, Lewis and Francis Streets.
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