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North Curl Curl
SydneyNew South Wales
North Curl Curl from Wingala Reserve
Population 4,117 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2099
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Location 19 km (12 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s) Manly
Federal Division(s) Warringah
Suburbs around North Curl Curl:
Brookvale Dee Why
Brookvale North Curl Curl Pacific Ocean
North Manly Curl Curl

North Curl Curl is a suburb in northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 19 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council. It is part of the Northern Beaches region.


Rock carving at North Curl Curl Beach

Curl Curl may be derived from the Aboriginal phrase curial curial, meaning river of life.

The name Curl Curl Lagoon was originally applied to Manly Lagoon, which empties into the ocean at Queenscliff, and the current Curl Curl Lagoon was named Harbord Lagoon. This was a result of the land grant of 'Harbord' originally being much larger than the suburb that later bore this name. The names were changed as a part of a renaming program in the 1980s to reflect the true location of the lagoons.

North Curl Curl Post Office opened on 10 June 1923 and was renamed Curl Curl North in 1948.


North Curl Curl Beach at sunset

Curl Curl Lagoon and Greendale Creek separate North Curl Curl from Curl Curl in the south. To the west the border with Brookvale runs along Harbord Road. Wingala is an 'urban place' as classified by the Geographical Names Board in the north and western parts of the suburb, lying on the southern slopes of a hill that overlaps into Dee Why. Headland Road marks the northern boundary, while the Tasman Sea lies to the east.

North Curl Curl Beach sits on the south-eastern border, south of Dee Why Head and lying under its cliffs, and is divided from Curl Curl Beach by the mouth of the lagoon. The suburb is generally characterised by the sometimes steep southern slopes of Wingala Hill and Dee Why Head to the north, which flatten out into the former floodplain of the lagoon towards the south.

Sport and recreation

Sport and recreation facilities exist in the extensive parks and playing fields areas to the north of the Lagoon, including the community centre (formerly the Curl Curl Women's Bowling Club) Community Garden, Curl Curl Youth Club, Community Arts centre (formally Curl Curl scout hall) soccer fields (Curl Curl Football Club), baseball fields, cricket pitches, grass and hard netball courts, as well as rugby league and rugby union fields. (North Curl Curl Knights are the local rugby league side, with the colours of green and gold).

The North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club patrol North Curl Curl Beach.

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