If you are fans of a wee TV show called Home and Away (a long running Ozzie soap, pretty big still in the UK and Ireland), then you have to visit the beach where it’s outdoor scenes are filmed at, Palm Beach (otherwise known as Summer Bay). We caught the bus from Sydney CBD and the journey took about an hour and a half to the northern beaches suburb. Palm Beach prides itself on being the jewel of the Northern Beaches and is the most northernly suburb of Sydney. We had seen this beach before but it was a really cloudy day then. We really wanted to see the beach on a blue sky kind of day. It is a stunning area that sits on a peninsula at the end of Barrenjoey Road. It is the home to many a wealthy people, as can be seen by the distinctive and deluxe housing. We got off the bus a stop early as we couldn’t wait to see the scenery. The water, blue skies, clouds, boats, trees and pier just make this a beautiful and tranquil location that photos just cannot do enough justice.
We then walked about 10 minutes along the roadside (no footpaths!) to Governor Phillip Park. This green area is the main entrance to the beach. Walking towards the beach you really do get a sense of being in a scene from Home and Away. The beach itself is breathtaking and you will instantly notice one of the most famous buildings to your left, being that of the Surf Club. Unfortunately it was closed on the day we visited, which was a Friday. Perhaps as it is still winter or maybe because no filming was taking place. Apparently if you want the chance to glimpse some filming, you are best to visit on a Monday or Tuesday (early in the morning). Opposite the Surf Club is a short walkway to the beach, often used in scenes from the show.
Having seen the beach once more, we took a walk to the Boat House and Alf’s Bait Shop. The exteriors are used for the outdoor shots. A really lovely spot if you want to grab something to eat or have a coffee overlooking the water. This is also an area where you can take a tour of the surrounding area with a seaplane. We were lucky enough to see one taking off. I’d say the tours on offer would be pretty special. It’s something I would definitely consider in the future. Have a look at http://sydneybyseaplane.com
There is also a really lovely walk up to Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse. You can see Palm Beach from a great height and the views are spectacular. I also have a love of lighthouses so I couldn’t wait to reach the summit and see it. Although there were a good few steps to the top 😓😓 But well worth it for the views you will see.
I would highly recommend checking out this suburb/beach, you don’t have to be a Home and Away to fan to appreciate its beauty. I for one will definitely be back.