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The Weekender: Palm Beach, NSW

Couple enjoying a scenic coastal hike on the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk in Palm Beach, Sydney. Image: Destination NSW

Get away from the home by visiting the coastal town of Home and Away.

Palm Beach is a tranquil destination, perfect for those seeking a chilled getaway. It’s a peninsula split between the crashing waves from the vast ocean and the soothing waters of Pittwater, with plenty of tastes and experiences to explore. You may even run into a local celebrity or two as you seek out your morning coffee. Visitors to Palm Beach will find the ultimate luxury hotels and cruisy BnBs to rest your head. But nothing beats the experiences here, which doesn’t just include visiting the set of Home and Away. Whether you seek the outdoors in the form of a good bushwalk or splashing across the water in a ferry or a kayak, you will find something fun here.

EAT & DRINK

The Boathouse

Jetty leading to The Boathouse Palm Beach, Sydney. Image: Destination NSW

Jetty leading to The Boathouse Palm Beach, Sydney. Image: Destination NSW

The Boathouse at Palm Beach is also known as Alf’s Bait Shop in the Home and Away TV series. It’s also the top place to eat in Palm Beach. Think fancy yet relaxed seafood dining with a stunning view of the calm side of the peninsula. They do hearty breakfasts and filling lunches, and serve up a nice selection of drinks to wet your lips.

Palm Beach Fish & Chips

When you’re near the beach, there is always that one fish and chip shop that the locals love visiting regularly, Palm Beach Fish and Chips is that place. You’re welcome to grab a seat and eat in or get your selection wrapped up to eat on the beach or elsewhere.

Dunes Restaurant

Dunes Restaurant. Image: Facebook

Dunes Restaurant is both a popular wedding venue and is a cruisy dining spot. This iconic venue shares a stunning backdrop of Palm Beach and beyond, serving up classic cafe-style meals and drinks. Think Burgers and chips matched with an iced coffee. It’s an Instagram-worthy destination

Club Palm Beach

Come in for a drink and a hearty lunch at the Club Palm Beach. Every weekday comes with the perfect lunch special, from Monday roast to Friday fish and chips, with all dishes easily matched with a nice brew or wine. The venue also has its own golf course just up the road.

The Newport

The Newport serves up a quaint selection of food matched with a wide range of drinks. Think signature cocktails like Sloe 75, with Plymouth Sloe Gin, apricot, citrus and Prosecco. Finish off your afternoon with a sweet delight like a filled doughnut or a cheesecake.

Kave Bar

Kave Bar. Image: Supplied

When all you want is a nice drink with friends, Kave Bar is where it’s at. The bar is tucked away in Newport, a few suburbs below Palm Beach. It shares a decadent vibe, connecting itself within the local culture, from music to culinary tastes. The stylish interior will bring you to a lavish mood as you sip on your fancy cocktail.

DO

Onset at Home and Away

Alf's Bait SHop, Home and Away set. Image: katacarix / Shutterstock

Alf’s Bait Shop, Home and Away set. Image: katacarix / Shutterstock

Home and Away fans will thoroughly enjoy the sites of their favourite soap opera. When you’re on tour, expect to witness the making of the show along with your favourite stars. This is especially on a Monday or Tuesday, when filming takes place.

Beaches

Stand up paddleboarder catches a morning wave at Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern suburbs. Image: Destination NSW

Of course, you cannot visit Palm Beach without exploring a beach. There’s a generous selection around the area, including the main beach and Barrenjoey. Across the water in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are some wonderful secluded beaches, including Resolute Beach and Pugnose Point Beach.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Couple enjoying a scenic coastal hike on the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk in Palm Beach, Sydney. Image: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a scenic coastal hike on the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk in Palm Beach, Sydney. Image: Destination NSW

It’s hard to miss when you’re driving into Palm Beach. The Barrenjoey Lighthouse is not just a destination, it’s a journey too. Take a stroll up from the beach along the Barrenjoey Track, witnessing the stunning scenery. When you reach Barrenjoey Lighthouse, marvel at the 19th-century sandstone landmark either outside or inside. Every Sunday, the owners share a guided tour of the interior.

Pittwater Kayak Tours

Friends kayaking on Pittwater near Boathouse Restaurant and Palm Beach Lighthouse. Image: Destination NSW

Friends kayaking on Pittwater near Boathouse Restaurant and Palm Beach Lighthouse. Image: Destination NSW

What better way to enjoy the calm waters of Pittwater than kayaking over the top with a group of like-minded people. Pittwater Kayak Tours will show you the wonders of this magical part of the world by kayak, which includes a safety demonstration before you begin.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Image: Camila Se / Shutterstock

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Image: Camila Se / Shutterstock

Palm Beach is nice, but it’s nothing like Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There’s plenty of bushwalks to undertake, plenty of sights to see and beaches to visit. Catch a ferry over from Palm Beach or take the car around and drive up to West Head Lookout for a picturesque view of Palm Beach. The most popular trek is the Resolute Loop Track, taking you on a trip to the quaint beach.

STAY

Jonah’s Boutique Hotel

Jonah’s Ocean Retreat Room. Image: Jonah’s Boutique Hotel

When you’re seeking the ultimate in luxury, Jonah’s Boutique Hotel has you covered. It houses 11 spacious rooms,  each room featuring a beautiful view of Dolphin Bay and the South Pacific Ocean beyond. All rooms come with 350 on-demand movies, wifi, automated curtains, a minibar, a spa bath and high-pressure walk-in showers.

Barrenjoey House

Barrenjoey House accommodation. Image: Supplied

Barrenjoey House accommodation. Image: Supplied

Barrenjoey House is a restaurant, bar and hotel all rolled into one. Their guest houses are simple and either come with a view of the ocean or of their pretty garden, all having access to the courtyard and a shared lounge area. Each room comes with its own ensuite and simplistic decor.

Beach Stays & Iluka Apartments

Beach Stays. Image: Facebook

Beach Stays & Iluka Apartments shares 27 BnB style guest houses to really give you complete privacy from the tourists. These are especially perfect for families, where most rooms come with more than one bed, sometimes up to five. Each guest house comes with all the facilities you need to look after you and the gang.

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