Discover the splendour of Palm Beach, from glittering blue waters and golden sands to towering pines and magnificent vistas at Barrenjoey Head, Sydney’s northernmost seaside point. You’ll enjoy a fun range of water sports, iconic heritage, ferry rides, romantic cruises and waterside restaurants.
Only 90 minutes by public transport from the city centre, the narrow peninsula is surrounded by pristine waters on three sides: Pittwater to the west, the Pacific Ocean to the east, and Broken Bay to the north at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River, which meanders inland to historic Windsor.
The golden sands of Palm Beach curve 2.3km, from Little Head to Barrenjoey Head. Excellent surf is at the northern section, while the southern end offers a protected area for swimming in the ocean pool. Bring a hamper for a scenic picnic under the pine trees in the pretty park adjacent the beach.
Follow a trail to heritage-listed Barrenjoey Lighthouse and keeper’s cottage for splendid views of the coast, Pittwater and Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park. You can hop on a ferry at Palm Beach for the Basin campground in the national park or glide across Broken Bay to Ettalong on the Central Coast.
Other things to do include kayaking with Pittwater Kayak Tours and sailing with Taylor Made Escapes. Visit sights in the popular TV series Home and Away with Flamin’ Galahs Sydney Tours or Sydney’s Northern Beaches Tours. Or join EcoTreasures for the Hidden Treasures cultural and nature tour.
Palm Beach Golf Course is a nine-hole game. The bustling is every fourth Sunday of the month. A range of boutique places to stay is available for a lovely sojourn. And savour fine flavours at restaurants such as the Boathouse Palm Beach, Barrenjoey House and acclaimed Jonah’s.