Northern Beaches, Australia
When to go
Like most popular beach holiday spots, it’s a lot quieter here during the winter months from June to August, and during the week. Unless you’re quite brave, it’s too cold to swim in winter, but the days are often bright and perfectly acceptable for long walks along the sand. During summer holidays (December and January) it’s hard to find somewhere to stay or a spot on the beach.
PlanesArrive at Palm Beach in style by booking a seaplane fight (www.sydneybyseaplane.com). The 20-minute journey leaves regularly during daylight hours from Rose Bay in the city’s eastern suburbs.
AutomobilesHaving a car is almost the only way to travel to and around the Northern Beaches. Hire a car in the city or at Sydney Airport | where there are desks for all the major companies. Avis (www.avis.com.au) also has a depot at Dee Why beach | north of Manly.
TaxisManly Warringah Cabs (+61 (0)2 9972 5600) is the local company servicing the area. It’s best to book.