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.
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).
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.
I crossed over onto the estuary side of the peninsula…
…and continued up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse via Smugglers Track.
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.
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.