Northern Beaches, Australia

No wonder: its physical attributes are portrait-worthy and it’s isolated enough to have acquired a rarified air. You’ll know Palm Beach from its starring role on TV series Home and Away, but with its cocktail of sparkling blue sea, plummeting headlands and sexy, sandy coves, the Northern Beaches has so much more to offer the sun lover. Stretching over 30 kilometres from just above Manly in Sydney, this coveted coastal strip culminates at its glam northern tip with Bilgola, Avalon, Whale and Palm beaches.

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.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Arrive 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.
  • Automobiles

    Having 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.
  • Taxis

    Manly Warringah Cabs (+61 (0)2 9972 5600) is the local company servicing the area. It’s best to book.