top to Barrenjoey Lighthouse

top to Barrenjoey Lighthouse

We love Sydney and its urban sprawl. But Sydney is also on the doorstep of some of the most scenic spots in Australia. We had taken in the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks, Bondi and many other famous landmarks but felt this city wasn’t complete without a road trip along the north coast.
Sydney's Rock Pools

Sydney’s Rock Pools

We headed past Manly, hugging the coastline stopping along the way at many beachside communities that I had heard about from Surfing magazines- Narrabeen, Dee Why, Avalon…
Insular Peninsula

Insular Peninsula

Like many coastal spots, they stand independent from “the city” and outside world and have a sense of independence that you can easily understand as you stop and take it all in…

It’s no wonder this known as the insular peninsula- it has turned down Baywatch but still can’t refuse the charms of an Aussie soap, Home and Away on it’s door step.


The 40km stretch from Manly ends at Palm Beach. This is a picture postcard spot if ever there was one. It’s one of those places that you can’t help but fall in love with because of its spectacular scenery and laidback feel. Walk to the tip and climb up to the top to Barrenjoey Lighthouse for spectacular views of the ocean, Broken Bay, Lion Island and looking out at the beautifully preserved Ku-ring-gai National Park.

This View!

Palmie’, as locals call it, feels like hundreds of kilometres from Sydney, yet it is still a part of the city. You can be strolling along the beach, surfing, swimming, sailing, dining at a water-side café, taking a bush walk or dropping a line in.  You can’t beat that! The steep 20-minute hike but the views across Pittwater are worth the effort. Here you can see two beaches facing different directions, which is absolutuly unreal!  On one side is the ocean, with surf breaking on golden sand. On the other, is Pittwater, where calmer waters lap the shore. It offers incredible views and, if you go off the beaten path, lots of caves to explore.

Thank you Redspot for the car!

Thank you Redspot for the car!

This road trip has been sponsored by Redspot who kindly gave us a hire car for the tour.

1 comment

  1. Comment by George Zhu

    George Zhu Reply 08/10/2014 at 6:37 AM

    You must have gone on a weekday, it looks like you were the only two people there

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