The Beach Guide

Palm Beach

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 28th
Partly cloudy 27°C / 81°F
Wed 29th
Fair 26°C / 79°F
Thu 30th
Clear sky 26°C / 79°F
Fri 31st
Clear sky 28°C / 82°F
Sat 01st
Clear sky 29°C / 84°F
Sun 02nd
Clear sky 35°C / 95°F

5 Day Palm Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

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 light05:44
    Sunrise06:12
    Sunset20:02
    Dark20:30
  • 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 light05:45
    Sunrise06:13
    Sunset20:02
    Dark20:29
  • 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 light05:46
    Sunrise06:14
    Sunset20:01
    Dark20:28
  • 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 light05:48
    Sunrise06:15
    Sunset20:00
    Dark20:27
  • 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 light05:49
    Sunrise06:16
    Sunset20:00
    Dark20:27
  • 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 light05:50
    Sunrise06:17
    Sunset19:59
    Dark20:26

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