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
Tue 28th27°C / 81°F
Wed 29th26°C / 79°F
Thu 30th26°C / 79°F
Fri 31st28°C / 82°F
Sat 01st29°C / 84°F
Sun 02nd35°C / 95°F
5 Day Palm Beach UV Index
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Palm Beach tide times & sea state
Tue 28/01 »
Surf report for Tue 28/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 7s 14mph 11:00 5ft 7s 10mph 17:00 5ft 7s 13mph Tide times Low 4:34am (0.31m) High 10:52am (1.69m) Low 5:28pm (0.13m) High 11:29pm (1.27m) Daylight First light 05:44 Sunrise 06:12 Sunset 20:02 Dark 20:30
Wed 29/01 »
Surf report for Wed 29/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 6ft 6s 22mph 11:00 5ft 6s 14mph 17:00 4ft 11s 14mph Tide times Low 5:12am (0.34m) High 11:27am (1.57m) Low 6:01pm (0.16m) Daylight First light 05:45 Sunrise 06:13 Sunset 20:02 Dark 20:29
Thu 30/01 »
Surf report for Thu 30/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 3ft 15s 6mph 11:00 3ft 14s 7mph 17:00 3ft 14s 15mph Tide times High 12:05am (1.23m) Low 5:50am (0.37m) High 12:02pm (1.44m) Low 6:33pm (0.20m) Daylight First light 05:46 Sunrise 06:14 Sunset 20:01 Dark 20:28
Fri 31/01 »
Surf report for Fri 31/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 6s 21mph 11:00 5ft 6s 21mph 17:00 7ft 7s 27mph Tide times High 12:42am (1.19m) Low 6:29am (0.41m) High 12:36pm (1.33m) Low 7:05pm (0.25m) Daylight First light 05:48 Sunrise 06:15 Sunset 20:00 Dark 20:27
Sat 01/02 »
Surf report for Sat 01/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 7ft 8s 21mph 11:00 7ft 8s 19mph 17:00 7ft 8s 25mph Tide times High 1:20am (1.18m) Low 7:12am (0.45m) High 1:14pm (1.23m) Low 7:39pm (0.30m) Daylight First light 05:49 Sunrise 06:16 Sunset 20:00 Dark 20:27
Sun 02/02 »
Surf report for Sun 02/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 7ft 8s 18mph 11:00 6ft 8s 11mph 17:00 5ft 8s 18mph Tide times High 2:03am (1.20m) Low 8:04am (0.49m) High 1:59pm (1.15m) Low 8:19pm (0.35m) Daylight First light 05:50 Sunrise 06:17 Sunset 19:59 Dark 20:26