Palm Beach is 45 kilometres (28 miles) north of Sydney, a little over a one-hour drive from the city centre. Buses depart from Circular Quay and Central Station to Palm Beach via all of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, See their beauty from above on a 20-minute scenic flight on a sea plane, which travels up the coast from the eastern suburb of Rose Bay.
If you’re looking for a day trip from Sydney, Palm Beach is a great choice. Known as the set location for Australia’s favourite soap Home & Away, but there is also a lot to see & do…
The walk up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse on top of the Barrenjoey Headland is a great hike combined with beautiful panoramic views.
Have Lunch at the Boathouse
A visit to Palm Beach is not complete without a lunch session at the popular Boathouse. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but the Boathouse really is an institution in Palm Beach and surroundings.
The Boathouse is located on Station Beach at Governor Phillip Park facing the calm waters of Pittwater, and provides outdoor seating on the jetty at the back of the establishment. Besides being a popular cafe, the Boathouse has also served as one of the various locations in Palm Beach for the popular TV series Home and Away.
Visit the Bible Garden
If you think the views from the Barrenjoey Lighthouse are good, wait til you visit the Bible Garden on the southern side of the Palm Beach peninsula.
Located at 6a Mitchell Road (map), the Bible Garden is a true hidden gem, mostly overlooked by tourists and day trippers visiting Palm Beach.
The Bible Garden is a peaceful and quiet Christian garden made up of a series of grassed terraces that lead down to a viewing platform which provides spectacular views of the beach and the headland.
Catch a Ferry and Visit Resolute Beach
Another must-visit secluded beach close to the Palm Beach peninsula is Resolute Beach, located on the other side of Pittwater in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Against the backdrop of the Barrenjoey Headland, and with beautiful emerald green water and virtually no tourists around, swimming at Resolute Beach is quite a unique experience.
If you’re visiting Resolute Beach, make sure you follow the relatively short hiking trail heading north to the West Head lookout, one of the best lookouts in the greater Sydney region.
Go Kayaking Across Pittwater
The best way to soak up the natural beauty of Pittwater and its surroundings, is by paddling around in a kayak. You can either bring your own gear, hire a kayak, or go on an official kayak tour.
Catch a Ferry to Ettalong
If you do have a few days to spend in Palm Beach, why not catch a ferry to Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast. This scenic ferry trip navigates past the Barrenjoey Headland, crosses Broken Bay, before it arrives at Ettalong Beach.
Home and Away Tour
If you’re a fan, why not book a guided tour and have a closer look at the outdoor filming locations of Home and Away in the Palm Beach area.
Dine at Jonah’s
Overlooking beautiful Whale Beach, Jonah’s restaurant offers contemporary Australian cuisine showcasing some exceptional Australian and international produce. Their extensive wine list contains a large variety of vintage Australian and international wines.
Do a Cruise to Bobbin Head
Situated along Cowan Creek in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head is a popular family day-trip destination with excellent picnic areas, gas barbecues and playgrounds.
Visit Whale Beach
Situated just south of Palm Beach facing Dolphin Bay, Whale Beach is a picturesque, 600 metres long strip of sand with a relatively quiet and pleasantly secluded atmosphere.