Palm Beach Travel Guide

Palm Beach is a secluded suburb in Sydney, a great place to escape the rush of Australia’s busiest city (though summertime parking at Palm Beach might make you think twice). Unlike the busy city centre, Palm Beach is characterised by quaint coastal views and spacious beaches.

Things to see and do at Palm Beach

The main stretch of beach at Palm Beach is two kilometres in length, so you will have plenty of space to enjoy the fun and serenity of the ocean. On a clear day, you will see an azure sky that complements the magical blue water of the Pacific Ocean. The seaside areas of Palm Beach are perfect for tasty meals. Purchase some fruit from the local farmers’ market, and walk to a clear area of sand by the water. You will experience a sense of peace as you listen to the rhythmic music of crashing waves. Taste the delectable local treats of your picnic as the cool ocean breeze grazes your skin. If you travel to Palm Beach’s Barrenjoey area, you will be rewarded with a peaceful view of Broken Bay. You will also encounter the tall sandstone cliffs of Little Head.

Palm Beach is also a wonderful destination for thrill-seekers. Swimming, kayaking, fishing, and diving are just some of the water sports that you can enjoy in the pure waters near Sydney. During the winter months, you can watch migrating whales from the shore of Palm Beach. These majestic behemoths of the sea regularly visit the bay near Sydney between May and September. The whales often swim near the beach, so you may be able to see fine details with a pair of binoculars.


Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse – Palm Beach, Sydney NSW

Barrenjoey Head lighthouse overlooking Palm Beach, Pittwater and Broken Bay.

Many locals and travellers admire the beautiful architecture and personalities of the homes that adorn the hills of Palm Beach. Palm Beach is one of the wealthiest areas in Australia; it is filled with picturesque mansions and cottages. You should also visit the iconic Barrenjoey Lighthouse. This architectural wonder matches the eclectic homes in Palm Beach.

For an intense overland journey, follow the Great Coastal Walk. Enter the trail at Barrenjoey to experience some of the grandest coastal views near Sydney. The total trail is 100 kilometres in length, so be prepared with water, provisions, your tent and sturdy bushwalking shoes. During your journey across the gorgeous coastal landscape, you will encounter dramatic sandstone cliffs, expansive heathland, and choppy seas. After four days of brisk walking, you will finally arrive at North Head. This an exciting journey that you and your companions will be talking about for years.