About Palm Beach
Palm Beach is an idealistic beachside suburb 41km North of Sydney, and includes the localities of Barrenjoey, Sand Point, Careel Bay, Paradise Beach, and North Avalon. Palm Beach boasts a sailing club, golf club, surf school, two Surf Lifesaving Clubs, a number of parks, beaches and sporting areas, including a part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
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Palm Beach: Where Nature and Luxury Meet
Known for its natural beauty, Palm Beach is a coveted holiday destination and the northernmost Sydney suburb. The waterfront town has gained a reputation for being an exclusive, ritzy retreat. Fine dining and luxury boutiques mix with stunning oceanfront scenery, endless hiking trails and long stretches of pristine beach.
Swimmers, fishermen and surfers each have their favourite spots along the main beach, which is over 2km long. Barrenjoey Head offers sweeping vistas over the area, if youâre up for the hike to the top. For a leisurely day at sea, hire a yacht and cruise through the glistening waters.
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Aquatic Action at Palm Beach
The arc-shaped main beach has sections for both surfers and swimmers. For your safety, ensure you stay within the designated swimming areas. The southern side of this long stretch of sand features calmer waves, ideal for families with small children. Go for a swim or rent a kayak and explore the waters close to shore.
Surfers and jetskiers prefer the northern section of the beach, closer to Barrenjoey Head. Conditions make for great year-round surfing. Meanwhile, local fishermen tend to congregate on the beachâs rocky platforms. Palm Beach is considered one of the best places near Sydney to reel in large bream.
Cruising and Yachting in Palm Beach
Palm Beachâs Yacht Club offers the possibility to hire a boat for the day and head out to explore the open water. Throughout town, you can also find various operators who rent out vessels for deep sea fishing.
If you would like to see humpback whales up close, sign up for a whale watching tour during migration season. This is one of Palm Beachâs most popular attractions for families.
For a dose local heritage, hop aboard the historic ferry to Ettalong. Spend the day discovering Ettalongâs white sandy beaches, feeding pelicans or browsing the weekend marketâs stalls. Ettalong features plenty of grassy areas, where you can have a picnic or set up a tent and spend a night under the stars.
Walking and Hiking around Palm Beach
One of the best ways to get acquainted with Palm Beachâs natural surrounds is to go for a walk. The area boasts a number of trails of varying lengths. The Beach to Bay Walk links Palm Beachâs main parks and provides the opportunity to spot local wildlife and flora. There are numerous, smaller, side tracks, so you can create your own itinerary.
For a hike with a view, head up Barrenjoey Head, from which you will be privy to panoramic coastal views. This is also the setting for Palm Beachâs historical lighthouse, which is still in operation.
Ambitious, experienced hikers can under the Northern Beaches Walk - or a section of it. This trail, which leads from Barrenjoey to North Head, takes 4 days to complete at a leisurely pace and shows off some of the best beach views in the area.
Palm Beach: In Town
Unwind in town after days of being active, on and off shore. If youâre hungry, take your pick of restaurants, including upscale venues, family-friendly eaters and stands selling fresh seafood or fish and chips - locals say that Palm Beach has some of the best fish and chips in the Sydney area.
When it comes to shopping, you can check out the stylish boutiques, ranging from brand name stores to family-owned shops. Another possibility is to go for a round of golf at the Palm Beach Golf Club, which overlooks the ocean. It is so close to the water that you can hear the waves as you play.
Getting to Palm Beach
Getting to Palm Beach, Sydneyâs northernmost beach town, is straightforward. Drive in just over an hour from the CBD or hop aboard a public bus and reach your destination in about an hour-and-a-half.