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Complete Guide To Visiting Palm Beach In Sydney, New South Wales

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One of the reasons why we love Sydney is because it’s surrounded by pristine, beautiful beaches. One of our favorite beaches is Palm Beach in Sydney.

Each time I step foot off the ferry onto Palm Beach, I feel like I’ve arrived home.

It might be because I watched it every evening on TV as a child, because it’s the setting of the fictitious official home of Summer Bay on Australia’s best loved soapie, Home and Away.

Palm Beach is more than just a setting though. It has such a feel-good energy that beckons me to come back time and time again.

But if you’ve never visited Palm Beach before, and not sure what to expect, here is everything you need to know before you go.

Is Palm Beach in Sydney Worth Visiting?

shell on palm beach
girl looking at beach

It’s hard to explain to someone that the reason you love a place so much is because it has a good energy.

It’s the energy that often makes you either instantly like or dislike a place, even before you get to know it.

And that’s Palm Beach.

To be honest, there are lots of things about Palm Beach that make it one of the best beaches in Sydney. (It’s actually on our best beaches in Australia list)

people waking on palm beach

I would argue that Palm Beach is definitely worth visiting because, scenically, it’s incredibly beautiful.

It has soft, golden sand and clean, turquoise waters gently lapping against the shores, plus there are incredible views from the rocky Barrenjoey Head where you’ll find a historic lighthouse overlooking the bay.

You can take an easy 1km bush-walk up to the old sandstone lighthouse for stunning views over Palm Beach or across the waters to Killcare and the Broken Bay region.

In winter, it’s the perfect place to spot migrating humpback whales.

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man in front of Palm Beach Lighthouse, Sydney, Australia

There’s a bit of history here too with the sandstone Barrenjoey Lighthouse guarding the ships passing by the rocky coastline below.

woman on a mountain hike

The golden sand of Palm Beach stretches for 2 kilometres and the colours in the water move between spectacular shades of turquoise and aqua.

It’s difficult to see the vibrancy of the Pacific Ocean on the days the surf is pumping.

At the southern end of Palmy, there is a more protected area for swimming and an ocean pool for those who want to swim laps or play with their kids in calm waters.

Our kids playing at Palm Beach, Sydney, Australia
Our kids playing at Palm Beach, Sydney, Australia

Lastly, another good reason to visit is that, compared to other Sydney beaches, Palm Beach is quiet.


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