Resort

Australia,
Palm Beach

Introduction

When ubiquitous Aussie soap ‘Home and Away’ first began, its creators scoured the country for a filming location that exemplified a quintessential Australian coastline. They eventually settled on Sydney’s most northern suburb, Palm Beach. It may feel like an unassuming seaside village but behind the roadside gumtrees are the holiday homes of Australia’s rich and famous. With the Pacific to the east and the idyllic sailing harbour of Pittwater to the west, Palm Beach is an exclusive piece of coastal calm just 40 minutes from the centre of Australia’s most populated city.

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Essentials

  1. Don’t fear the climb: the higher up the hill your house is, the better the view.
  2. Pay a visit to the lengthy beach to walk, swim and people watch.
  3. Who’s renting what house and when is all-important come Christmas.
  4. For a workout with a view, take the walking trail up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse.
  5. Pack your boardshorts and a surfboard – you can’t live without them at Palmy.

Two-hour tour

  • — See Aboriginal cave paintings at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

  • — Drive to Avalon for shopping and lunch.

  • — Board the ferry to Mackerel beach.

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Blue Swimmer

    1132 Barrenjoey Road

    +61 414 862 403

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  • Premium

    The Priory

    56 Bynya Road

    +61 414 949 800

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  • Rental accommodation

    Iluka Resort Apartments

    1097-1101 Barrenjoey Road

    +61 2 9974 2108

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Dining

  • Mid-morning coffee

    The Greedy Goat

    1031 Barrenjoey Road

    +61 2 9974 2555

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  • Breakfast

    The Boat House

    Governor Phillip Park

    +61 2 9974 3868

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  • Lunch on your own

    Pronto Creative Food

    1095 Barrenjoey Road

    + 61 2 9974 5695

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  • Lunch with friends

    Ripples Whale Beach

    24 The Strand

    +61 2 9974 5111

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  • Picnic supplies

    Palm Beach Wine Co

    1109 Barrenjoey Road

    + 61 2 9974 4304

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  • Picnic spot

    The Basin — Hop on a ferry across Pittwater for a sandy beach and views of a landlocked lagoon.

    Palm Beach

  • Sunset drinks

    The Barrenjoey Lighthouse — Take a bottle of wine up the hill and enjoy sweeping views of Pittwater, Lion Island and, of course, Palm Beach.

  • Dinner with friends

    Barrenjoey House

    1108 Barrenjoey Road

    +61 2 9974 4001

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  • Big dinner with friends

    Jonah’s

    69 Bynya Road

    +61 2 9974 5599

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  • Late drinks

    Cranky Fins Holidae Inn

    1 Beach Road

    +61 2 9974 1159

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  • On the tiles

    Different Drummer

    1/50 Old Barrenjoey Road

    +61 2 9918 0102

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Reading

  • Newsstand

    Avalon Beach Newsagency

    12/57 Avalon Parade

    +61 2 9918 2888

  • Bookshop

    Bookoccino

    37a Old Barrenjoey Road

    +61 2 9973 1244

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Thank yous

  • Bruce Goold cushions from Bow Wow

    1093 Barrenjoey Road

    +61 2 9974 1762

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    An illustrated map from Beach Without Sand

    Shop 1, 25 Ocean Road

    +61 2 9974 2861

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Centro Warriewood

    Jacksons Road, Warriewood

    +61 2 9913 4444

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  • Something for the kids

    Organic cotton children’s clothes from Bassike

    11-13 Macmillan Court, Avalon Parade

    +61 2 8457 6881

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  • Something for someone you love

    Stylish beach driftwood sculptures from Les Interieurs

    5-349 Barrenjoey Road, Newport Beach

    + 61 408 500 400

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  • Something for yourself

    Vintage cane furniture from Rust

    45a Avalon Parade

    +61 2 9973 4268

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Basics

  • Palm Beach General Store

    1118 Barrenjoey Road

    + 61 2 9974 1016

Transport

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good running route

    Climb the hills from the ferry wharf to the spectacular views at the Bible Garden.

  • Best swimming spot

    Swim with sea critters in the ocean pool at the south end of ocean beach.

  • Water sports

    The state’s best surf school runs regular lessons at Kiddie’s Corner.

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