Family Sunday Drives: Palm Beach
Discover A New Destination With The Family
ellaslist is bringing back the good old Sunday Family Drive. Have a relaxing screen-free day with the whole family where kids can check out some new scenery and parts Sydney (and beyond) that iPads and XBoxes just can’t match. A family drive will have you bonding in no time, the perfect opportunity to get some uninterrupted chat and car games underway as you give the kids a truly new and exciting experience.
FAMILY SUNDAY DRIVE DESTINATION: Palm Beach
THE DRIVE: 1 hour 10 mins, one way
LOCATION ON GOOGLE MAPS: https://goo.gl/maps/dPuFm
Palm Beach is Home and Away, literally. The live set to fictional Summer Bay in the popular Australian TV series, this idyllic peninsular enveloped between Pittwater and Broken Bay will make you think you’ve walked onto a suburban paradise.
Located 41km north of Sydney CBD, this picture perfect suburb is an easy day trip where you could even leave home mid-morning and get there in time to relax.
Why We Love It
Palm Beach is paradise so close to the buzzing city, yet so laid back enough to make you and the family feel as though you’ve hopped on a plane for an island holiday! It’s one of our favourites for screen-free time because no photograph will justify being there.
Things To Do
Explore: Take the easy 1km walk up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and keeper’s cottage and be rewarded with expansive panoramic views of the Tasman Sea and Pittwater bay on either side, 91m above sea level. Bring along a pair of binoculars if you’re up there during whale migration season, and you may just be lucky to spot a couple.
If you’re walking with a bub or toddler in tow, we’d recommend carrying them in a backpack or sling. While the walk is relatively easy, it does require a moderate fitness level to get to the top.
However, once there explore the Barrenjoey Lighthouse which is one of the Sydney Northern Beaches’ most iconic sights built in 1881 from sandstone quarried on site remains in original form.
Play: Governor Philip Park, Playground & Beach on the east side of the peninsular is a big park, playground and beach rolled into one. Let the older kids run amok with a ball or frisbee, or the little ones clamber the playground while you lay on a picnic blanket basking in the sun.
Fish: If fishing is more your family’s thing, then Palm Beach is your spot! In the late 1800s, Snapperman Beach on the west side of the peninsular was home to early European and Chinese fishermen who would catch and lay out fish to dry. There’s no doubt the calm waters on Pittwater bay is still a good spot to fish for bream, flathead or even squid. Cast a rod with the kids along the Palm Beach Wharf ramp to while the time away.
Ferry Hop: Go on a little ferry adventure to explore Pittwater choose to take the 36 minute Ettalong Beach Ferry Ride which leaves Palm Beach Wharf every 90 mins. Or for a short visit to The Basin. At The Basin, you’ll find great facilities along with a picnic area, sheltered beach and an inland lagoon where the littlies could have a bit of water play. Or enjoy a bike ride or spot the local swamp wallabies or kookaburras.
Source: Boathouse Instagram
Places to Eat
The North Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, also known as the Summer Bay Surf Club is the perfect spot for an ice-cream or cold drink.
But if it’s a civilised lunch spot you’re after, then The Boathouse’s rustic charm will transport you into weekender mode with a view to die for, and what they claim as the best beer battered flathead and chips in the Northern Beaches – and we couldn’t agree more. Kids & parents will adore their super cute milk jar coolers or bear-shaped jugs holding the tastiest of treats. No need to book here (they don’t take them) just rock up.
On the way back to Sydney, perhaps pop by Pittwater Mini Golf to play 36 holes of fun and adventure.
Or for something different, leave Palm Beach on a ferry to The Basin and spend the night camping at The Basin campgrounds.
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