On the northern tip of the peninsular that hosts the northern beaches is Palm Beach, a suburb that really more like a coastal town. On one side of the peninsular is Pittwater, and on the other is Palm Beach. The beach is great for swimmers and surfers alike. It is a very popular beach, although since it is a bit of a hike from the city at 41 km from the CBD, it still retains a more laidback feel, especially during the weekdays. Surfing is better at the northern end of the beach, and swimming better at the southern end. There are a few upmarket cafes beside the beach, and takeaways in main street of the suburb on the Pittwater side.
How to get there:
Bus: The L90 northern beaches express bus leaves from Carrington Street near Wynyard, and goes all the way, stopping beside the beach.
Car: From the city, head north over the bridge or through the tunnel, and head towards the northern beaches by following the signs to Mosman and Manly. From Mosman head over the Spit Bridge and keep heading north, along Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation, Condamine Street, Pittwater Road and then Barranjoey Road. Basically, keep going north until you reach it! There is parking beside the beach, and at various parking areas around the north of the beach.