The finest piece of water I ever saw,” said, Governor Arthur Phillip.
He was right. Pittwater is an amazing place.
Pittwater was named by Governor Phillip in 1788 in honour of William Pitt the Younger, then Prime Minister of England. Phillip’s description of Pittwater would suggest that he may have chosen it as the site for the colony of NSW, ahead of Sydney Cove, had he explored it before Port Jackson.
Pittwater is a boat lovers paradise. It is the south of Broken Bay and Lion Island and is a tidal estuary that separates greater Sydney from the Central Coast and is often considered to be a bay or harbor. A little way around West Head The Hawkesbury Nepean River runs into Broken Bay having started its journey in Western Sydney.
The Northern Beaches suburbs on the shores of Pittwater are Church Point, Bayview, Newport, Avalon, Whale Beach, and Palm Beach. On the opposite shore is Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.
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.
TAKE FERRY TRIP
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.
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!“
PADDLE A KAYAK
TAKE A WILDLIFE NATURE TOUR
THE BOATHOUSE BAKERY
Located at the back of The Boathouse Home store in Palm Beach, Sydney. Open 6am – 3pm daily.
1 Beach Road, Palm Beach, NSW 2108
Ph 02 8076 7578
TAYLOR MADE ESCAPES YACHT ACCOMMODATION
“Spend a night on a yacht, indulge yourself and your special someone by spending a night on your own private Beneteau Yacht moored at Palm Beach Sydney.”
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
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