Sydney Spotlight- Palm Beach

Palm Beach- Why Go?

Palm Beach is a stunning beach and hiking area just north of Sydney, providing unbelievable views from the peak, open ocean on one side, Broken Bay and Ku-Ring-Gai National Park on the other.

Aside from the beautiful beach, perfect for swimming or a surf, bring your walking gear and head uphill, following the signs for Barrenjoey Lighthouse. The Smugglers Track will take you there, about 1km each way, and opens up to stunning vistas just begging to be Instagrammed.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is a heritage site, built in 1881 from local sandstone, and is now managed by the NSW National Parks. They offer guided tours every Sunday, otherwise enjoy walking around and checking out the exterior of the lighthouse and the keeper’s cottage. (It can be really windy up there though!)

Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and small boats can also be hired in the area from Barrenjoey Boat Hire.

Palm Beach is also the set of the popular Australian soap, Home and Away.

(Below- views from the top of Barrenjoey Lookout.)

How to Get There

Palm Beach can be reached by car, and is about 44km from Sydney’s CBD. The M1 leads to A38 or A8, which will take you up to the Northern Beaches, and parking is available. It’s a beautiful drive, with epic sea views and coastlines that make it hard to keep your eyes on the road.

Or, catch the L90 bus up to Palm Beach, more details available from NSW Transport. Unfortunately, the train network is sparse in this area, so driving or catching the bus are your best options.

(Below- The lighthouse and more views from the top.)

Top Tips

While in the area, check out nearby Whale Beach (adjacent to Palm Beach, and within walking distance). The sea is usually beautifully calm here, and is home to Jonah’s Restaurant, offering popular contemporary Australian dining. The Boathouse at Palm Beach is also a great option for delicious food and great views.

Looking for other great beaches in Sydney to explore? Check out some others here and here.


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