About Palm Beach
Palm Beach is one of the largest of Sydney's beaches, being approximately 2-3 km long along the Pacific Ocean shore. The beachside suburb of Palm Beach backs on to Pittwater, a large southern inlet of Broken Bay, making the locality about as surrounded by water as is possible, without actually being an island. The peninsula is home to many of Sydney's wealthiest inhabitants, who appreciate the tranquil atmosphere and "convenient" isolation.
The popular Australian soap opera Home and Away (popular in Australia and the UK) is partially filmed at Palm Beach - fans of the show will easily recognise some of the local views.
Palm Beach is a good 45 mins to 1 hour drive from central Sydney - longer if traffic is bad closer to town. Traffic can be bad on the journey in peak hour traffic closer to the city. Traffic can also be bad around Palm Beach, and parking can be very difficult during summer holidays.
The Sydney Buses route L90 to/from Sydney CBD takes about 2 hours in bad traffic 1.5 in normal traffic. You can also get the bus from Sydney/Manly.
Beach activities, of course! The sand at Palm Beach is particularly clean and the ocean at Palm Beach is probably at its cleanest anywhere on the Sydney coastline. There is frequently a decent swell for surfers.
Walk up onto Barrenjoey Head and take a look at the lighthouse, an opportunity to gaze across Broken Bay to Brisbane Water, Lion Island and the Central Coast.
Surf lifeguards patrol Palm Beach daily 8am-5pm in October-April and daily 7:30am-6pm during school holidays.