About Us


Whale Beach is situated on the northern peninsula of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It is 600m long, east facing and bordered by Little and Careel heads and backed by slopes covered in houses. The beach is accessed via winding Whale Beach Road and a steep descent to the beachfront reserve, which includes a large car park, southern picnic area and rock pool on the southern rock platform.

The beach receives waves averaging 1.6m resulting in an energetic surf zone, dominated by a single bar, which is always cut by three to four rips, including permanent rips against either headland. The north end, known as "The Wedge", is a favourite surfing spot breaking over a rock reef providing a good take off and short but solid left. The north and south rock platforms are easily accessible and along with two to three gutters found along the beach, make it a very popular fishing location.


What we do

Our volunteer lifesavers patrol the beach from September until April each year. If you are visiting the beach please remember to swim between the red and yellow flags. If you need assistance or information on surf conditions don’t hesitate to approach one of our volunteer lifesavers for advice.

During the season we run Sunday morning events from 11AM that include a surf swim, board race, ski race and beach events such as flags and sprinting. At the conclusion of the events there is a barbecue on the clubhouse deck. Throughout the year we also host Monthly Drinks on the last Saturday of each month. Food is very generously provided by Moby Dicks and drinks will be available for purchase from the bar. Members, their guests and neighbours are always welcome to Whale Beach events.

Whale Beach SLSC was the innovator of ocean swims and stages The Big Swim, the annual 2.5km swim from Palm Beach around Little Head to Whale Beach. Around 1,500 swimmers take part in this volunteer-run event each year.



Whale Beach surf club was founded in 1937 at a time when campers and weekenders dominated beach users. The Club is housed in a superb, multi-storied clubhouse that, unusually for a surf club, is owned by the members rather than the local council.

All active and associate members have full access to our first class facilities, including sleeping accommodation, full bathroom and kitchen amenities, as well as a gym and board and ski storage. The Club has around 200 active and reserve active members and some 130 supporting associate family members.

Whale Beach has a place for everyone and welcomes the unique skills and personalities each individual brings to our club. We’ll see you on the beach!


2020/21 Management Committee

President - Andrew Pearce

Vice President - Nina de Leeuw (nee Mayne)

Treasurer - Jon Pratten

Secretary - Kieran Gallagher

Club Captain - Charlie Kellaway

Club Vice Captain (Shared) - Richard Leonard

Club Vice Captain (Shared) - Matthew Stafford

Immediate Past President - Phil Schmidt

Marketing Officer - Saskia Clarke

Communications Officer - Vacant

Digital Officer - Vacant

Social Media Officer - Lochie Stanwell

Membership Officer - Laura Mears

Social Secretary - Sally Gole

Ocean Swim Director - Annette Baggie

Property Officer - Brian Lamrock

Chief Instructor/Chief Training Officer - Chris Darley

Gear Steward - Peter Myers