- Escape guide to Palm Beach -
Chill out in Palm Beach at the exclusive end of Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Palm Beach, or "Palmy", lies at the end of a long peninsula, fringed by surf on one side and tranquil Pittwater on the other. Its golden sands and clear waters have inspired ’s wealthy to build holiday houses on its leafy hills. But down on the ground things still feel pretty modest when there's sand between your toes.
For long lunches, Peats Bite a few kilometres inland, on the bank of Berowra Creek, off Hawkesbury River is fun and relaxed, a great place for catching up with a big group of friends. The menu is designed to be enjoyed over several hours so you have plenty of time to relax and take in not only the food but also the venue.
Sunny Corner, Hawkesbury River NSW 2083. Tel. (02) 9985 9040
Find a spot at a wooden picnic table, then order inside from a menu written up on a blackboard, which includes bowls of bircher piled high with peaches, passionfruit and yoghurt; a saucy bacon and egg roll; and avocado on toast layered with heirloom tomatoes and bacon for breakfast. Lunch includes bowls of prawns, Beachouse Burgers and beer battered flathead with homemade tartar sauce among other such seafaring dishes. And if your breakfast is perhaps taking longer than it should, revel in the fact that you’re sitting on a waterfront deck sucking up the sun, experiencing picturesque Sydney as its best.
Barrenjoey Boathouse, Palm Beach NSW 2108. Tel. (02) 9974 5440
Stunning Barrenjoey Headland Views:
Fabulous place, very comfortable and felt right at home. Enjoy superb sunsets from your private balcony leading to exclusive use of pool. Spectacular views over Pittwater, Lion Island, Barrenjoey headland, and Palm Beach Golf Club.
Own access to large lounge/kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom with queen bed. Balcony off lounge. The shores of Pittwater and Palm Beach are only a short stroll away. Also A great location for exploring the nearby Palm Beach, Lighthouse and Boathouse restaurant.
Beachside Cabin 2mins from village and Beach:
Escape to Avalon Beach with this chic cabin only 2mins walk to village & beach. Head up an enchanting pathway to the back of our family home, finds your private oasis, paved in sandstone, french doors opening up to a light and bright seaside escape. Incl. Full kitchenette, white linen sheets, en suite bathroom, and a Nespresso - for the perfect morning coffee.
Take the lighthouse walk
Access to the top of Barrenjoey Headland, the famous lighthouse and some serious views is granted via a fairly steep walk through national park bushland. There are three different tracks of varying difficulty levels, but all are under 700m and take less than 25 minutes. Enter the track at the north end of the beach on the Pittwater side – a walk on the sand past The Boathouse.
Take a hit
Play a spot of golf on the local course at Palm Beach Golf Club. It’s only a nine-hole course, but the scenery is 10 out of 10: right on the waterfront with Barrenjoey headland as a backdrop.
Take a yoga class
Directly above The Boathouse is a Yoga For All, a little studio with big views of the water. There isn’t a huge selection of classes available – the timetable is mornings-only – but if you can get to one, they’ll provide all equipment including mats. Like any good yoga studio, classes here really do leave you feeling restored.
Above The Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach.
Hire a boat/ paddle board
Grab a hire boat from the boat hire place next to the Boathouse and take a picnic and friends to one of the deserted beaches in the national parks on the other side of Pittwater. Have a swim, explore the national parks and check out the scenery and wild life.