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 or 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
Palm Beach is Sydney's northernmost stretch of sand, a 50-minute drive from the Sydney city centre. Dramatic Barrenjoey Head is at the northern end of the beach, with historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and keepers' cottages at the end of an easy 2.3 km walk. This section of the beach is popular with experienced surfers looking for great waves.
At the southern end is a more protected environment for swimming; a 35-metre ocean pool is deep enough for laps but has a shallow end that's ideal for kids. Other activities include fishing, golf, sailing or diving. Take the ferry from Palm Beach to pretty Ettalong.
There is boutique accommodation available in Palm Beach, ideal for a short break getaway from Sydney
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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.
Boats on the water at Palm Beach. Image Hamilton Lund
Young woman standing on rock, halfway down lighthouse walk track at Barrenjoey, Palm Beach, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
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