Palm Beach is Sydney’s northernmost stretch of sand, a 50-minute drive from the Sydney city centre. Dramatic Barrenjoey Head is at the northern end of the beach, with historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and keepers’ cottages at the end of an easy 2.3 km walk. This section of the beach is popular with experienced surfers looking for great waves.

At the southern end is a more protected environment for swimming; a 35-metre ocean pool is deep enough for laps but has a shallow end that’s ideal for kids. Other activities include fishing, golf, sailing or diving. Take the ferry from Palm Beach to pretty Ettalong.