Picturesque Pittwater

Only an hour from the city, the beautiful beaches, bushland and waterways of Pittwater will transport you completely. Set on Sydney’s northern beaches, secluded Pittwater contains a natural estuary with beaches to its east, national park to its west, and waterside towns and communities nestled about its shores.

  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Pittwater
  • Surfing, Pittwater

Explore beautiful Pittwater

Pittwater is a beautiful expanse of waterway separating the NSW Central Coast from greater Sydney. The natural waterways make it an ideal area for watersports and boating.

Options include self-drive boat hire, private charters, or you can explore the area by kayak, paddle craft or stand up paddleboard. Explore the towns of Clareville, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and Morning Bay from the scenic vantage point of the water. The Church Point Ferry also runs regular services to Scotland Island, carrying you across quiet, scenic waters. Enjoy a swim in the tidal baths at Clareville Beach Reserve or near Bayview Wharf.

For those wishing to camp, The Basin is another beautiful and secluded waterside location. This can be accessed either by ferry from Palm Beach or by a 2.5km bushwalk from Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. This area contains a designated picnic area and campground, and is the only camping area within the park.

Sailing in Pittwater

Situated at Sydney’s most northern point, the historic and beautifully maintained Barrenjoey Lighthouse can be visited either by guided tour every Sunday or alone. Follow the gently sloping 1km walking track to the lighthouse, or take the more challenging Smugglers Track, a steep short trek. The lighthouse was constructed in 1881 and is well preserved.

For further adventures, you can explore the Red Hands Cave Walking Track to see the famous Aboriginal ochre hand paintings on the rocks. The Basin Track and Mackerel Track is also an excellent way to explore Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.

Sitting to the west of Whale Beach, Avalon Beach, Newport, and to the east of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, and only 40km from Sydney, Pittwater is a great spot for a day trip or an overnight stay as well as longer holidays.

The Newport Easter Art Festival will see an exciting range of art offerings and activities celebrating the culture of Newport over the Easter holiday weekend. And visit the Pittwater Food and Wine Fair, showcasing an exciting and delicious array of local goods and produce, on Sunday 1 May.

If you are looking to drop into the area in style, the nearby Cottage Point Inn also offers a prime waterfront dining location on the Hawkesbury River where diners can land right in front of the restaurant by seaplane direct from Rose Bay in Sydney.

  • Mackerel Beach, Pittwater

    Northern Beaches

    Located along a sparkling stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline, the Northern Beaches’ coastline features a series of headlands, coastal pathways, cliffs and breathtaking lookouts that connect each area from Manly to Palm Beach. The area is known for its laid-back beach lifestyle and includes the iconic beach suburbs of Dee Why, Freshwater, Clontarf and Avalon.

  • West Head, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park

    Hornsby & Ku Ring Gai

    The suburb of Hornsby and the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are about an hour from the city centre. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Australia’s oldest and covers 14,977 hectares. Hornsby is a commercial centre of the region, with frequent train services, a bustling high street and many lovely parks.

  • The Boathouse at Palm Beach

    Food and Drink

    Waterfront dining is the norm in Pittwater, and you’ll never tire of the picturesque views on offer. Head to the famed Newport Arms Hotel for a pint, it’s one of the area’s oldest pubs. Grab a coffee or some lunch at the Church Point Waterfront Cafe, where the views are hard to beat. Or try Barrenjoey House where both the food and service are impeccable.