PALM BEACH lies at the end of a long peninsula, with a beautiful surf beach on one side and stunning Pittwater on the other. The beaches golden sands and clear waters have inspired visitors and holidaymakers for generations and the establishment of holiday houses and grand designed homes. The feeling of sand between your toes is enjoyed by both visitors and locals all year around.
Barrenjoey headland is at the northernmost point of the peninsula and rises quite sharply from the beach to over 100 metres above sea level, and is the site an operational lighthouse. It was designed by James Barnet, the New South Wales Colonial Architect, built by Isaac Banks and completed in 1881. The light is automated and is operated by Roads and Maritime Services, and the buildings are managed by the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service and is part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
PITTWATER is a beautiful open waterway that flows north from a number of small creeks and estuaries to meet the mouth of the Hawkesbury River at Broken Bay.
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It was first surveyed by the crew from HMS Sirius in 1788 and named after William Pitt the Younger, then Prime Minister of England.
Today, Pittwater is popular for many forms of water recreation including, sailing, fishing, kayaking, and power-boating.
Make sure that you explore the pubs, boating clubs, marinas, sheltered beaches and picnic areas around Palm Beach, Avalon, Newport, and Church Point.
PITTWATER FERRY CRUISES run daily from Palm Beach Wharf to the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater, and Brisbane Waters. MORE INFO
Catch the Church Point Ferry and see the beautiful Scotland Island and magnificent Western Foreshore. The ferries depart from Church Point hourly on the half-hour.
Take the Church Point ferry which departs hourly to Pittwater’s SCOTLAND ISLAND and the Western Foreshore. If you are on a boat explore around West Head into the amazingly beautiful bays of Cowan Waters. Call into Royal Motor or Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Clubs at NEWPORT.
From Mona Vale follow Pittwater’s foreshore through Bayview and Church Point to McCarr’s Creek Road. Don’t miss the great children’s playground at Winji Jimmi Reserve at Bayview.
VISIT BARRENJOEY LIGHTHOUSE
Barrenjoey headland at the northernmost point rises quite sharply from the beach to over 100 metres above sea level, and features an operational lighthouse.
TO MARKET, TO MARKET
Check out the Palm Beach Market with a wide choice of products, high-quality homewares, fashion, and jewellery. Fresh potato bread, homemade cakes or artisan olive oil, Have lunch and munch on a Vietnamese Pho soup and there is always a great coffee too.
Take a scenic ferry ride from Palm Beach Wharf said to be the most picturesque in the world.
One service heads north to Wagstaff and Ettalong Beach on the lower Central Coast peninsula.
Others head west and south and Bennett Wharf and Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong Beach, and Mackerel Beach on the eastern shores of Pittwater on the edge of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Tracks from these stops lead up the hills into the Park and provide access to numerous Aboriginal rock engraving sites.
EXPLORE KU-RING-GAI CHASE NATIONAL PARK
The 14,977-hectare park is 25 km north of the Sydney CBD and is east of the Sydney-Newcastle Expressway, south of the Hawkesbury River, west of Pittwater and north of Mona Vale Road and includes Barrenjoey Headland on the eastern side of Pittwater north of Palm Beach.
Ku-ring-gai Chase is famous for its scenic setting on the Hawkesbury River and Pittwater, with significant plant and animal communities, Aboriginal sites and European historic places. Picnic, boating, and fishing facilities are throughout the park and there are many walking tracks to explore.
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CRUISE ON A YACHT
TAYLOR MADE ESCAPES
Palm Beach Wharf 1151 Barrenjoey Road Palm Beach NSW 2108
Ph 0418 424 546
Escape on board your own private Beneteau Yacht. Our yachts take from 2 to 8 guests for 2 hours to a full day. A fully-qualified host skippers the boat, ensuring there’s nothing for you to do except enjoy your experience. Go swimming, fishing, wine, dine, motor or sail to the beautiful bays and beaches of scenic Pittwater, some of the most picturesque landscapes in New South Wales. A personalised cruise with Taylor Made Escapes is the perfect family getaway, special occasion experience or the most romantic setting for a proposal!
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Towlers Bay – Photo © Alex Proimos
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METRO MIRAGE HOTEL NEWPORT
2 Queens Parade West Newport NSW 2106
Ph 02 9997 7011
Via Halls Wharf Morning Bay via Church Point Church Point NSW 2105
Ph 02 9999 5748
CURRAWONG BEACH COTTAGES
Currawong Beach Cottages via Palm Beach Ferry Wharf Palm Beach NSW 2108
Ph 02 9974 4141