Palm Beach

Palm Beach and Pittwater from Barrenjoey
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Palm Beach - Sydney
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Palm Beach
Photo: © Mike Lehmann / CC BY

Palm beach sits on a narrow spit of land at the far end of Sydney's North Shore, roughly 40km from the city centre. The beach is overlooked by the imposing bulk of Barrenjoey Head to the north. It's well worth a climb to check out the lighthouse and take in the fantasic views back over the sands and beyond.

"Palmy", as the beach is known locally, is really two beaches in one. Running along one side of the peninsula is the ocean coast facing into the Pacific surf, whilst on the other the golden sands are lapped by the tranquil waters of Pittwater.

The affluent, leafy suburb that has grown up around Palm beach may be somewhat familiar to TV viewers around the world. That's because it is actually "Summer Bay" the setting for the iconic Australian soap Home and Away. If you are a fan, or just curious, there is an official Home and Away Tour which leaves from downtown Sydney and takes in well known filming locations such as Alf's Bait Shop on the Rock Pool cafe.

Whilst a fair few visitors to Palm Beach do end up here through soap inspired curiosity many come for the stunning scenery and to relax on the beach. As an added excursion you might want to hop onto the ferry over to Ettalong; Palm beach may be the abrupt end of the North Shore, but just a 25 minute ferry ride takes you across to the start of the Central Coast and the attractive beach town of Ettalong.

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Palm Beach Weather Info

5 Day Palm Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Palm Beach tide times & sea state

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
19:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 3:49am (1.11m)
Low 9:22am (0.43m)
High 4:07pm (1.67m)
Low 11:00pm (0.27m)
Daylight
First light05:17
Sunrise05:42
Sunset17:51
Dark18:16

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 5:02am (1.21m)
Low 10:36am (0.43m)
High 5:12pm (1.74m)
Low 11:59pm (0.21m)
Daylight
First light05:15
Sunrise05:40
Sunset17:52
Dark18:17

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
19:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 6:04am (1.33m)
Low 11:45am (0.39m)
High 6:12pm (1.81m)
Daylight
First light05:14
Sunrise05:39
Sunset17:53
Dark18:17

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 9mph
16:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Low 12:50am (0.15m)
High 6:58am (1.46m)
Low 12:46pm (0.33m)
High 7:06pm (1.85m)
Daylight
First light05:13
Sunrise05:37
Sunset17:53
Dark18:18

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
13:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 1:38am (0.09m)
High 7:48am (1.57m)
Low 1:42pm (0.26m)
High 7:57pm (1.84m)
Daylight
First light05:11
Sunrise05:36
Sunset17:54
Dark18:19

Sun 29/09 »

Surf report for Sun 29/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
10:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
19:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 2:23am (0.06m)
High 8:34am (1.65m)
Low 2:35pm (0.20m)
High 8:45pm (1.79m)
Daylight
First light05:10
Sunrise05:35
Sunset17:55
Dark18:20

Today's weather

Clear sky

11 °C
(51 °F)

Gentle breeze, 17.3 km/h from WSW

Sea temperature

17.7°C / 63.8°F

Rating

Average: 4 (2 votes)

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