Palm Beach Peninsula
Reviewed Jan 2016
Extending from the Northern edge of Careel Bay to Barrenjoey headland, this area has quite a few attractions for the yachtie on holiday. There is a hive of activity around the ferry wharf at Palm Beach - this is a great location to row in and pick up day passengers, fish and chips from the legendary shop, have a coffee or an ice cream, or grab some bait and fishing lines. This location also serves as an overnighter with some notable restaurants at hand: Barrenjoey House, Ancora cafe, and Johna's. Beach Rd and Palm Beach Golf Club are a 5 minute walk away. There is also a playground to give the kids a run while you have the coffee. The best way to access this area is to hire a mooring from Gonsalves or anchor off outside the moorings. Be careful to watch movements of the commercial ferries from the wharf and stay clear.
Feeling energetic? Why not walk to the top of Barrenjoey Lighthouse, the views of Broken Bay and the Central Coast are unsurpassed. Approximately 2.5 hours round trip from the Palm Beach ferry wharf.
At the Northern end of the Peninsula there is a sheltered anchorage big enough for 5 or 6 yachts to anchor. This is one of the only anchorages in Pittwater with protection from NE winds. Extreme care must be taken and it would be worthwhile exploring the edges of the anchorage in the dinghy before your first time in - it is very shallow if you stray. Great for a lunch time stop out of the wind, not recommended for overnighting.