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Narrabeen Trivia

A range of interesting pieces of trivia about Narrabeen.

Local Government

The suburb of Narrabeen is part of the Northern Beaches council.

Narrabeen: Lagoon or Lake

Is it Narrabeen Lakes or Narrabeen Lagoon? The Geographical Names Board officially calls it a lagoon, but many locals refer to it as Narrabeen Lakes. The original name was Lagoon, but a real estate development in the 1950s thought Narrabeen Lakes sounded far grander.

Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

Dedicated volunteers have been working hard to save Narrabeen Lagoon as the environment in the surrounding areas changes. In 2005 Warringah Council, who was responsible for the lagoon then, established the Narrabeen Lagoon Restoration Project.

The Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment are raising awareness about the lagoon. To find out more about the Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment, go to www.narrabeenlagoon.org.au.

Early flights at Narrabeen

George Taylor flew a glider in the first heavier-than-air flight on the continent of Australia at Narrabeen Beach on December 5, 1909.

The glider he and his wife flew in was based on the box-kite constructions invented by world aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave, another New South Welshman. Taylor built a biplane from coachwood covered with oiled calico and a box-kite tail for balance.

The headland to the north of Narrabeen Beach is still a popular site for hang gliding today.

Taylor went on to form the Wireless Institute of New South Wales in 1910. This was the world's first amateur radio body. It was largely as a result of Taylor's work that the first government wireless station was set up in Sydney in 1912.

For more information on an incredible lifetime read George Taylor's biography.

There was an article in the Manly Daily on September 29 2009, but this does not appear to be available online anymore.

For some aeronautical resources and clever kite instructions have at look at the Aero Kids web pages.

Short history of Narrabeen

This page at the Holiday Oz website contains a few short historical stories about Narrabeen.

UFO Siting in Narrabeen

Believe it or not, there is a report of a UFO siting in Narrabeen. Queue spooky music :) and head on over to www.ufoinfo.com

Sydney Academy of Sport

For 2008 and 2009 we camped at the Sydney Academy of Sport. The Academy is home to a range of sporting teams including the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles rugby leage team, athletics, and many other sports.

Narrabeen Lagoon forms the eastern boundary of the facility, and we camped close to the water on a flat grassy area.

Getting to the Academy is easy, but here are some maps. and here is the Google map.