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Guide To Palm Beach Sydney

Relax on Palm Beach, the exclusive end of Sydney's Northern Beaches
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Relax on Palm Beach, the exclusive end of Sydney's Northern Beaches

Palm Beach, or 'Palmy' as it is called by the locals, lies at the end of a long peninsula, which is bordered by undulating waters on one side and calm waters of Pittwater on the other. The golden sand and crystal clear waters of these beaches have inspired Sydney's wealthy to set up vacation homes on its leafy hills. Yet simplicity is still felt on the beach, when grains of sand dance between your toes.


do not miss :

  • Climb to the top of the Barrenjoey Lighthouse
  • Enjoy the beauty of the beaches and parks here.
  • Dine at Sydney's most charming restaurants
  • How to reach this place


Palm Beach is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Sydney, about an hour's drive from the city center. Buses depart from Circular Quay and Central Station for Palm Beach via Sydney's Northern Beaches. See the beauty from above on a 20-minute scenic flight with Sydney By Seaplane, which flies to the coast from the eastern suburb of Rose Bay.


Palm Beach Sydney Things To Do

Hike through forests, beaches and bays


Towering Barrenjoey Head at the northern tip of Palm Beach houses the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and lighthouse keeper lodge. Take the easy 800-meter (0.5 mile) access point to the summit for panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Broken Bay and the Central Coast. In Palm Beach, you can also try the Beach to Bay walk, which connects 4 places namely Hordern Park, Wiltshire Park, McKay Reserve and Dark Gully Park. It's a great trip with lots of native Australian plants and animals, including the rare spotted gum tree. Hikers can also take the 100 kilometer (62 mile) trail from Barrenjoey to the Royal National Park south of Sydney on Sydney's Great Coastal Walk.

The Boathouse, Palm Beach, NSW © Destination NSW  The Boathouse, Palm Beach, New South Wales © Destination NSW
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Dine at Palm Beach's finest restaurants

Depart early from Sydney for breakfast at the stunning Boathouse Palm Beach. Every weekend, Sydneysiders head north for delicious food served on the waterfront deck of the original Barrenjoey Boathouse. The view is truly mesmerizing. The food is fresh and delicious, with a serving of fruit, a bowl of green vegetables and, croissant French toast. Nearby award-winning restaurant Jonah's serves contemporary Australian cuisine with Italian influences. Seafood is the highlight of the menu, with a list of 1,500 strong wines. Jonah's also offers 11 fully furnished rooms should you wish to spend the night here.

Palm Beach, NSW © Destination NSW  Palm Beach, New South Wales © Destination NSW
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Watch the view from Home and Away

You may already recognize Palm Beach as the shooting location for the iconic Australian television soap opera titled Home and Away. The Official Home and Away Tour is the best way to see the main sights of "Summer Bay", such as the Summer Bay Surf Club, Alf's Bait Shop and the reef pool. Tours depart from Sydney and are operated by experienced guides, who provide some interesting facts about the event. If you are lucky, you will be able to see first hand the process of shooting the event. This tour takes the scenic route to Whale Beach, Avalon Beach and Bilgola Lookout, past shooting locations and breathtaking views along the coast.

Kayaking, Palm Beach, NSW © Destination NSW  Kayaking, Palm Beach, New South Wales © Destination NSW
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Exploring the waters

Go to Go Ride a Wave, the closed entryway north of Currumbin Creek to rent paddleboard and kayaks, or take a tour. Step onto a secluded beach for a dip in its clear turquoise waters. Or head to The Basin, a popular campground that offers covered swimming lagoons, barbecue facilities and picnic tables. If you want to surf, Manly Surf School offers group and individual training at the southern tip of Palm Beach. You can also go on a whale watching cruise to see the majesty of the humpback whales during their migration off Australia's east coast. Whale watching season runs from May to November.

Pearl Beach, Ettalong, Central Coast, NSW © Nick Rains, Destination NSW  Pearl Beach, Ettalong, Central Coast, New South Wales © Nick Rains, Destination NSW
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Take the ferry to Ettalong

Take a historic ferry boat from Palm Beach to Ettalong, a pretty beach on the Central Coast, New South Wales. These ferries depart about every hour from Palm Beach Wharf and reach Ettalong in about 25 minutes, passing Barrenjoey Headland and Box Head. Once there, enjoy the sandy beaches and inland waterways, which are suitablefor the children. If you visit on the weekend, don't miss Ettalong Markets, a closed market that sells everything from jewelery to collectibles, clothing and antiques. A number of beautiful holiday parks and hotels are scattered throughout the area.