Palm Beach Australia is known as the jewel of the beaches north of Sydney. For a city almost as well known for its urban beaches as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, that’s saying something.
The city is a sprawling metropolis, and Palm Beach in Sydney is within an hour’s drive of the famed Opera House and Harbour Bridge that are its central attractions. It is set at the tip of a dual peninsula in the northernmost suburb of the city, across Pittwater from Currawong Beach and the vast Kurungai Chase bush, one of the country’s many national parks. It’s about twenty miles north of Manly Beach, another of the city’s best northern beaches. Palm Beach Australia is a very trendy suburb, with many spectacular multimillion dollar homes. Its beautiful beach is surrounded by public gardens and parks and two golf courses. This popular beach can be crowded on holidays and weekends, and parking can be problematic. But it is well worth a visit.
At the very tip of the peninsula is a knob of land called Barrenjoey. An easy hike here brings you to a historic lighthouse with spectacular views of the rocky shore, beaches, and offshore islands. It was built in 1881 of native sandstone, and one of the things to do at Palm Beach on Sundays is to book guided tours of this structure that played an important role in the maritime history of New South Wales.
Another of the things to do at Palm Beach is to take the ferry across Pittwater to Kurangai Chase National Park. Guided tours into the pristine bush are available from the park center, which also manages the Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Bushwalks encompass the unique flora and fauna of the park as well as ancient Aboriginal rock art. You can also book scenic seaplane flights and kayaking tours. There are a few hotels here and several charming bed and breakfast inns. Palm Beach in Sydney is also a popular surfing beach, and the islands and reefs around the point are good scuba diving spots.