This unique waterway at the very tip of Sydney is a nature-lovers paradise if you're into sailing, kayaking, fishing, boating or bushwalking. What makes it so special is its unbeatable position: on one side you have Australia’s second-oldest national park and on the other, one of the prettiest peninsula's in the state.

Things to do

Pittwater borders Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It's easily reached via the Palm Beach ferry which drops you off at the Basin, a delightful picnic spot and the only campground in the park.  The area is rich in indigenous heritage, from rock engravings at the Basin Aboriginal art site to ochre hand paintings on the Red Hands Cave track at West Head.

View from West Head lookout over to Barrenjoey Headland, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park

To discover the area on foot, follow the Basin Track and Mackerel Track which has stunning vistas of Pittwater. You'll also be rewarded with a view if you climb the stone-carved steps all the way up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Built in 1881 it is Sydney’s northernmost seaside point and enjoys an unrivalled panorama of the charming Northern Beaches peninsula.

Explore the area on the water and hire kayaks with Paddlecraft Kayaks Hire and Sales or try stand-up paddle boarding with Avalon Stand Up Paddle. The Church Point Ferry Service will take you to Scotland Island and other picturesque spots on the western foreshore, such as the national park and Morning Bay.

Friends kayaking on Pittwater at The Basin near Coasters Retreat

Eat & drink

Flying Fox Cafe is in a pretty park at Winnererremy Bay and boasts a great play area for kids. The Newport is a beautifully renovated pub that has been serving Pittwater locals since 1880 while Clareville Kiosk, a restaurant in a charming weatherboard cottage at nearby Clareville Beach, is perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner.

Getting there

Follow the directions to Palm Beach, which is only 90 minutes by public transport from the city centre, but still feels like a world away. A seaplane from Rose Bay will land on shimmering Pittwater and get you there in a fraction of the time. You’ll find boutique accommodation options all around Pittwater.