Here’s another one of Sydney’s great beaches, about 23km north of the CBD. Narrabeen Beach itself is one of the longest of the northern beaches and a great favourite of board surfers. The Narrabeen Lakes, a haven for waterfowl, anglers, canoeists and sail-boarders, lie directly behind the beach. The lakes are tidal and link up to the ocean through a narrow channel to the south of Narrabeen Head. Steps provide access to Narrabeen Head and a natural lookout presenting a panorama of Narrabeen Beach - a view, however, not quite as stunning as that enjoyed by journalist and engineer George Taylor when he took off successfully from the headland in December, 1909, in his 'heavier than air, motorless biplane.' The spectacular Long Reef golf course is at the southern end of the beach, and if you head further north you’ll find the beautiful Pittwater - a boating, sailing and fishing mecca - and the very upmarket Whale and Palm beaches. The Barrenjoey lighthouse on the narrow peninsula dividing Palm Beach from Pittwater, looks out over Broken Bay and Lion Island where the Hawkesbury River spills into the sea.