Sydney by the sea, Palm Beach
If you enjoy surfing or coastal walks, head to Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches for great surf and easy walks along the beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Palm Beach wharf makes the perfect fishing spot for the kids and you can all unwind at a waterside cafe.
About Palm Beach
Found just over an hour’s drive from the centre of Sydney, Palm Beach is home to the city’s most northerly stretch of sand. Sweeping south from Barrenjoey Head, the beach’s golden sands and sparkling blue waters are ideal for relaxing, strolling, swimming and surfing.
The northern section of Palm Beach boasts great surfing conditions, while the southern end of the beach offers a protected environment for swimming. It houses a 35m ocean pool ideal for laps or paddling with children in the shallow end.
Pack a meal and enjoy a scenic beach picnic or savour the fine flavours and ocean views served by the area’s popular eateries such as Jonah’s, Dunes Restaurant and The Boathouse Palm Beach. A number of clubs, cafes and takeaway restaurants offer a more casual, lower-cost options.
For fun out of the water, stop by the nearby Palm Beach Golf Course to play a round on the 9-hole green or join a guided tour and visit locations featured in the popular TV series Home and Away. Follow a scenic trail to the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and keeper’s cottages to enjoy picturesque views across neighbouring suburbs and out to sea.
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Swim in sparkling blue waters, practice your surfing skills or spend the day relaxing on golden sands at Palm Beach. Take a stroll along the 2km curved beach situated between Barrenjoey Head and Little Head and feel sand between your toes.
Enjoy a meal overlooking the ocean at one of the area’s local eateries or settle in for a picnic with a view. Spend the day exploring the area’s rockpools, casting a fishing line from Palm Beach wharf or spotting passing whales during their annual migration.
Situated on Sydney’s most northerly point, Barrenjoey Head, the historic lighthouse offers great views of Broken Bay, the Central Coast and the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Take a scenic walk from Palm Beach to the lighthouse and savour uninterrupted panoramas.
Enjoy Sydneys beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. Its also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you read any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting www.beachsafe.org.au.
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Boats on the water at Palm Beach. Image Hamilton Lund
Ladies having a picnic beside Palm Beach, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Aerial view of Barranjoey Headland and lighthouse, Palm Beach. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Aerial view of Barranjoey Headland and Palm Beach, Northern Beaches. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Aerial view of Barranjoey headland and lighthouse, Palm Beach. Image Hamilton Lund
Palm Beach ferry wharf. Image Hamilton Lund