While we love the waves down at Palm Beach, it’s the walk to Barrenjoey Lighthouse that really gets our motor going. It’s a steep, sweaty ascent, but a quick one up the short sandy trail, with steps and rocky lookout points. Your leg-day reward is the panoramic view of the peninsula. Spot sea eagles, black cockatoos and whales during migration season before clambering down to the North Palm Beach Surf Club – you may recognise the area as the filming location of Home and Away's Summer Bay. For those looking for a real hidden gem, head uphill in the other direction for the Bible Garden.
A trip to the Northern Beaches ticks off a lot of Sydney ideals: splendid salty swims, monumental walks and views, plus a healthy serve of history, dining and shopping on the side. The meandering peninsula and bays that stretch from Palm Beach to Manly encompass 21 ocean beaches, from hidden leafy inlets to breezy straits with endless surfable waves.
Whether you’re looking to unwind in the sun with a good book or relax by getting active in the whitewash, there’s a beach, lake or park to suit your needs. So slather on the sunscreen, pack a picnic and check out these ten top spots on the Northern Beaches.