Famed for being the birthplace of Australian surfing culture, Freshwater has retained its distinct laidback beachside holiday feel. On lazy summer days locals are drawn to the beautiful, rugged foreshore of Freshwater Beach, its adjoining park and headlands, and a laid-back village.
The laid-back beachside neighbourhood of Freshwater has been nurtured by a community which enjoys sunny days along its sandy shores. Its name is permanently etched into Australian surfing history – Freshwater Beach is where the Hawaiian style of surfboard riding was introduced to Australia in 1914 by Duke Kahanamoku, an American Olympic swimming champion.
The small village is a hub of local dining establishments and cafés. Staying true to their roots, locals gravitate to the beautiful stretch of rugged shoreline that encompasses Freshwater Beach and the headlands. Surfers and body boarders vie for the perfect wave, whilst the ocean pool at the northern end gives swimmers a reprieve from the crashing waves.
Sitting atop Freshwater’s northern headlands is McKillop Park, which offers incredible views up and down the coastline. From the carpark, locals can access the rocky path that meanders around to the ocean pool.
Extending from the beach is Freshwater Reserve, a green space for social gatherings beneath the trees. Across the road is a popular weekend haunt, the Harbord Beach Hotel, which retains a name that reflects the suburb’s tug-of-war over names. Originally known as Freshwater, the name was officially changed to Harbord in 1923 to align with the holiday image that some locals wanted to portray at the time. In 2008, the name was officially changed back to Freshwater.
A mix of beachside abodes that range from apartment living to large family homes. Older style red brick homes with contemporary add-ons sit alongside low-level apartments. Architecturally designed homes on Carrington Parade and Undercliff Road have expansive ocean views.
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