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Palm Beach - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located at the most northern extremity of Sydney and it's northern beaches region is Palm Beach, favoured by artisans, millionaires and those in the film industry, with some using it as an escape home from their main city residence. The location for ‘Summer Bay’ from the TV series ‘Home and Away’, it is Sydney's most northern surf beach, also a favourite spot to visit for backpackers and others who live near the area.

The Palm Beach peninsula flattens into a long, sandy tombolo, climbing to the dramatic Barrenjoey Head land, with the Barrenjoey lighthouse situated on top dominating the area. The Pacific Ocean lies on the eastern side of the peninsula and 11 km of inland waterways called the Pittwater on the west, along with the Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park, it is a stunningly picturesque location.

If you get there early, you can catch the morning sun as it glows on the sandstone cliffs of the Barrenjoey Head. Anglers can be seen trying their luck, as well as surfers, canoeists and kayakers. A great place for joggers and those just taking a leisurely stroll with their dogs.

Just 40 km from the CBD, Palm Beach is approximately 50 minutes by bus from Sydney.

Check out our listing for Palm Beach accommodation, Whale Beach accommodation, Pittwater accommodation and Sydney accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Palm Beach Visitors Information Centre
122 Pacific Road
Ph: 02 9974 1373

Sydney Visitor Centre Sydney International Airport

Sydney Visitor Centre The Rocks 

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Palm Beach Attractions

Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Keepers’ Cottage • Barrenjoey Head
• Ph: 02 9247 5033 (Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre)
• Built of Hawkesbury sandstone, it was the third light on the headland, completed in 1881. In 1843 a customs station was established, marking the entrance to Broken Bay and the Pittwater which were considered to be the back entrance of Sydney for smugglers. The first report of a light on the Headland was in 1855, when a fire was raised in a basket to assist the mariners during stormy weather, as the bay and Pittwater inlet were safe haven during storms for vessels travelling from Newcastle to Sydney, carrying their cargo of coal.

In 1868, the Stewart Towers were built at either end of the Headland. These two wooden lighthouses guided ships in. The need for a permanent lighthouse lead to the construction of the existing Barrenjoey Lighthouse. It is managed by the NSW Parks and Wildlife.

Source: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service - Barrenjoey Lighthouse /
Lighthouses of Australia - The Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach

The Basin • Bobbin Head Information Centre
• For details check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife or Ph: 02 9972 7378
• Only a ferry ride, ‘The Basin’ offers a great excursion for a family day outing and picnic. Part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, it is located on the eastern side of the West Head Peninsula that adjoins Pittwater. There is an enclosed lagoon for swimming and a variety of habitats from dry eucalypt, rainforest, mangroves and rock platforms. You can also camp there, with facilities including amenities block with cold showers, on-site campground manager and campfire area. There is heritage buildings with historic photos and ‘The Basin’ is also within reach of Aboriginal and European historic sites.
The Newport Arms Hotel
• Cnr Beaconsfield & Kalinya Sts, NEWPORT NSW 2106 • Ph: 02 9997 4900 • Email
• Since 1880, Newport Arms has been a landmark for those who appreciate the best Sydney has to offer. Whether your live across town or on the other side of the world, a visit to Sydney's famous Newport Arms should feature prominently on your itinerary. Nestled on the shores of Pittwater, overlooking the scenic splendour of Bayview, Church Point, Scotland Island and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Palm Beach Ferry Service
• Locations: Palm Beach Wharf, Pittwater Park Barrenjoey Rd • Ettalong Wharf, Ferry Rd
• Ph: 02 9918 2747 / 02 9974 5235 • Mobile: 0414 555 522 • Fax: 02 9918 9533 • Email
• Check the site for timetable and drop-off destination.
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Palm Beach Tours

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Barenjoey Tours
• Ph: 02 9451 4361 • Mobile: 0403 259 577 • Email
• Small group guided tours of Sydney’s Northern Beach. Tour Palm Beach and Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Spend time at the ‘Home And Away’ location, enjoying Palm Beach and Barrenjoey Headland. Visit The Bahai Temple, Church Point, The Bible Gardens. Reflect on Sydney's Aboriginal ancestry.
The Palm Beach Experience
• Ph: 02 9974 1096 • Mobile: 0412 602 786 • Fax: 02 9974 1096 • Email
• Professional guides offering exclusive and personalised tours.
Palm Beach Ferry Service
• Locations: Palm Beach Wharf, Pittwater Park Barrenjoey Rd • Ettalong Wharf, Ferry Rd
• Ph: 02 9918 2747 • Ph: 02 9974 5235 • Mobile: 0414 555 522 • Fax: 02 9918 9533 • Email
• Check the site for tours and charters.
Pittwater Yacht Charter • Bayview Anchorage
• 1714 Pittwater Rd, BAYVIEW NSW 2104 • Ph: +61 2 9997 5344 • Email (online form)
• Offering bareboat yacht or skippered charters, and sailing courses.
Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises Pty
• Ph: 02 9997 4815 • Mobile: 0414 466 635 • Fax: 02 9979 3980 • Email • Wap:
• ‘Sydney’s Best Kept Secret’, heading across Pittwater into Broken Bay the ferry passes the Penguin colony of Lion Island and skirt West Head as the bush and sandstone lined shore of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park looms closer. Meanwhile, Barrenjoey Headland, the lighthouse, Palm Beach and the Pacific Ocean glimmers in the background as fishermen and sailors smile and wave as we pass. Operating scenic sightseeing tours up to Bobbin Head from Palm Beach and Patonga Beach. Also now offer lunch cruises to Cottage Point.
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Palm Beach Distance

Distance to Palm Beach
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Palm Beach:
• Avalon 5
• Bayview 15
• Church Point 17
• Collaroy 21
• Dee Why 24
• Manly 28
• Narrabeen 18
• Newport 9
• Sydney 41
• Warriewood 16
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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