Palm Beach (AKA Summer Bay)

Attention Home and Away fans! A couple of weeks ago I visited Palm Beach, Sydney’s northernmost stretch of sand, which doubles as Summer Bay in the popular TV series Home and Away.

Summer Bay
Photo credit: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-10-02/melissa-george-and-the-actors-who-went-from-summer-bay-to-superstardom

You can see on the map that Palm Beach is actually a fair way along the coast. It took me over an hour to get there on the bus. The route went past Newport, from where I went sailing earlier this term (not on the open sea, but on the Pittwater estuary).

Palm Beach

After the long bus journey, I decided to stretch my legs by walking barefoot along the beach and up to the dramatic lighthouse on Barrenjoey Head. The sand was almost the colour of a digestive biscuit.

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I crossed over onto the estuary side of the peninsula…

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…and continued up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse via Smugglers Track.

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From the top you could see that the peninsula was incredibly narrow. There was a good view of Pittwater, though it was a lot rainier when I went sailing there.

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Here’s the view looking north towards the Central Coast.


There’s not a huge amount to do in Palm Beach (unless, of course, you want to do one of the Home and Away tours), but this walk was perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Sydney is absolutely spoiled for choice with beaches. However, I reckon Palm Beach could be one of the best.


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