You forget things at Sydney’s Palm Beach. The time of day. Where you work. Why you work. Then there are the choices. Do you sit on the beach looking out over the Pacific Ocean? Do you sit on the beach looking out over the tranquil Pittwater? Or do you put a bit of muscle into it and climb up Barrenjoey Head, visit the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and take in views of both beaches as well as Ku-ring-kai Chase National Park.
Palm Beach is at the end of a long peninsula just over 40kms from Sydney’s centre. If travelling by road (there’s a good bus service from the city centre) visitors pass the city’s famous northern beaches, Queenscliff, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Collaroy, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport, Bilgola and Avalon. Palm Beach is part of Sydney beautiful Great Coastal Walk.
Whilst lazing around is the most popular pastime, there is plenty to do. Palm Beach boasts some high quality boutiques as well as award-winning cafes and restaurants. Visitors can hire boats and kayaks; go sailing, swimming and fishing. Popular among visitors and locals is to take the ferry to the popular Ettalong beach, or maybe take one of the cruises that showcase the unique beauty of the Hawkesbury River. In winter you stand a great chance of seeing migrating humpback whales. This area is the traditional home of the Guringai Aboriginal people.