Summer Bay may be known worldwide as the village featured in the famous Aussie soap Home and Away, but there is far more to do on this goregous peninsula than star-spotting. If you’re a true fan, a visit to its filming location in Palm Beach Sydney is compulsory. However, your friends might be pleased to find out that your day will also be spent taking in the beautiful beaches, swimming in the clear waters, and eating delicious seafood.
Palm Beach isn’t too far from the CBD—about 50 minutes by car, or just under two hours by bus. Your trip takes you past some of the most beautiful Sydney beaches, ending in a winding hilltop journey around the breathtaking Bilgola Bends. As soon as you breathe in the salty air of the pristine village of Palm Beach Sydney, and sink your toes into its soft, white sand, you feel like you’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
You eagerly head straight for the south end of the beach. This protected corner offers an ideal place to throw your towel on the sand or dive into the crystal clear waters for a refreshing dip. After lazing on the beach for a bit, you take a stroll along the shoreline. If you’re lucky, you catch a glimpse of Brax, Dr. Nate, or even Alf filming their scenes. While you stargaze, your date is mesmerised by the experienced surfers that glide effortlessly through the arc of the waves on the northern end of the beach.
You’re keen for a bit more exercise before lunch, so you hike up the dramatic Barrenjoey Headland. The 2.3 kilometre walk is moderate enough for novices, and takes you past native Australian flowers and shrubs, ending at the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and keepers’ cottages. The 360-degree vista from this vantage point is unparalleled, with its sweeping views of nearby shimmering beaches, lush green national parks, and the deep blue ocean.
As you get peckish, you head to the Boathouse, located on the bay side of the peninsula. Nab a coveted water-view table and enjoy the sun’s rays on your back while you watch kids collecting shells on the water’s edge. The menu here is a primarily seafood, and you can’t go past the bucket of fresh prawns with a side of sourdough. Finish your meal and recharge for the drive back with a rich espresso coffee—complete with their signature anchor design drawn in chocolate on the foam. Even if you didn’t see any actors on the beach, this is picture perfect.