Dee Why beach and the beautiful Dee Why rock pool is a firm family favourite for us. My husband and I have taken all of our four kids down there on a very regular basis. Here’s hoping we will bring grandkids one day. Now the kids visit on their own and I go down to swim laps in the ocean pool. But I miss the days of little kids with boogie boards and cricket kit.
With a playground on the reserve and a very cool little cafe on the walkway to the ocean pool, plus the strip of great cafes and restaurants, fish and chip shop and the crucial ice cream shop, Dee Why is a place to pass a day or half day. All the generations and members of the family will find something to do at Dee Why beach and rock pools.
Dee Why Beach + Rock Pool
The Strand, Dee Why
Dee Why is a famous surf beach and there are regularly surfers out looking for waves to catch. The beach is long, with a reserve and a small promenade which is easily accessible for strollers.
The flags are usually out in front of the surf lifesaving club on the beach, but the best spot for little tiddlers is down at the extreme southern end by the point at the two ocean pools.
One of the pools is designed just for children, it is well kept with plenty of shallow water for splashing around. This toddler-friendly ocean pool is one of the best in Sydney.
It’s easy to push a stroller along to the pool and there’s plenty of space to sit down and to change.
Cafes: Several cafes on The Strand, opposite the beach plus the Beach Shed Cafe on the walkway
Toilets: Toilets, showers and change rooms at the northern end of the beach at the surf lifesaving club; toilets at the ocean pools and showers on the promenade
Shade: None on the beach or at the pools, but shade from trees on the reserve
Playground: Excellent, fenced playground at south end of the reserve near the rock pools
Ocean pool: Yes, adult and children’s pools
Mum’s report: The children’s rock pool is delightful and generally in immaculate condition; we spend loads of time there and would stay all day if there was a bit of shade. The views from the rock pool are just wonderful. What we usually do is spend the morning at the pool and then eat lunch in the shade at the playground.
Extra: There’s a lovely walk south of the rock pools, see Dee Why to Curl Curl – Sydney’s Best Coastal Walks With Kids
Parking: Street parking, and a pay car park behind the surf lifesaving club
Bus stop nearby: Yes
Surfing Lessons at Dee Why
Children (and adults!) can learn to surf at Dee Why. You will see below a tiny 15 second video of my kids starting their lesson on the beach. Read more about Sydney surf school here.
Dee Why Beach + Rock Pool Map
The Beach Shed Cafe
South End of Dee Why Beach
Phone: 9972 1790
Open: 6.30am – 4.30pm daily
This little cafe and takeaway is in the most fab-tastic position on the walkway from Dee Why Beach to the marvellous rock pools. It has been created in the surf club’s old boat storage shed, and has seating inside and outside along the walkway.
The cafe is just below the excellent fully fenced playground at Dee Why, one which is especially good for younger children. The atmosphere is super relaxed and casual, so feel free to turn up with bare feet and sandy legs.
So all in all, what a winner and a great one to add to our list of best beachside cafes on the Northern Beaches.
The blackboard menu changes regularly but can be relied upon for the sort of breakfast you need after a swim or a surf….. or chasing the kids around the beach after an eye-wateringly early morning wake up from the little darlings.
The inside of the cafe is small so parents with prams will often be best suited to the outside tables. Or just order at the takeaway counter and sip and munch at the playground.
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Dee Why Rock Pool History
The first pool built at Dee Why opened in 1915, having been built onto a natural depression on the rock platform by the locals. This original pool was small and shallow, ideal for children. It was expanded by the council in 1919 and was then about 33m long.
In around 1930 the separate children’s pool was created and the main pool expanded to be 50m long. It is 21m wide. In 1973 the current kids pool was completed.
Have you visited Dee Why?
Which of the fabby cafes on The Strand do you find best for families?