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Home and Away at Palm Beach Australia

June 29th, 2009 · 28 Comments · Australia Audio Guides, Free Audio Guides

Filming Home & Away at Palm Beach Australia

Filming Home & Away at Palm Beach Australia

Welcome to “Summer Bay”!

Television viewers especially in Australia and the UK will be very familiar with Palm Beach, location for the mythical village of Summer Bay where the hit TV series Home and Away is located. Screened in more than 50 countries Home and Away’s mythiical village of Summer Bay couldn’t have choosen a more idyllic location. The millionaire “beach shack” suburb of Palm Beach sits at the northern end of a peninsular, just north of Sydney Australia, and juts out into Broken Bay seperating the sheltered waterway of Pittwater, a serene boating harbour with great sailing, and the Pacific Ocean.

If you think Bondi is the best beach that Sydney has to offer,well, think again! Take a Central Coast Day Tour from Sydney, visit Palm Beach, and explore some of the best beaches and tranquil hideaways that Regional New South Wales has to offer.

Palm Beach Sydney Australia

Palm Beach Sydney Australia

Bondi Beach might be great as an inner city beach with easy access from Sydney CBD but the slightly longer travel time to Palm Beach or its beachy neighbours is well worth the travel. It’s not hard to get to by public transport either, just take the L90 bus from Wynyard Station in the city (Sydney bus routes and timetables) and the journey takes just over an hour. Or if you want a great view of all the Northern Beaches of Sydney then take a float plane flight along the coast and land on Pittwater, right at Palm beach with Sydney by Seaplane.

Palm Beach has a sheltered inland harbour side, Pittwater, and a great surf beach open to the Pacific Ocean. They are quite different.

Palm Beach Ferry to Patonga

Palm Beach Ferry to Patonga

On sheltered Pittwater the waters are tranquil with a small shallow beach ideal for a quick dip. It’s great for picnicing in the surrounding park, part of Kurringai Chase National Park, which borders the 9 hole Palm Beach Golf Club. At this point the narrow sand isthmus that seperates Pitwater from Palm Beach runs north to the prominant Barrenjoey Headland which is topped by Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

Access to the headland and Barrenjoey Lighthouse and the cottages is by a very steep and rough one kilometre walk from the base of the headland which will take you at least 20 minutes. Guided tours of the lighthouse are undertaken by the NSW Dept of National Parks & Wildlife every Sunday,from 11am to 3pm. Tours take approx 30 mins, phone 02 9472 9300 on the day to check tours are going ahead. There are no public toilets or refreshments available on top of the headland. Tours cost $4 adults and $2 children, meet at the top of the track and bookings are not required.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

A short walk over the hill from the car park at Barrenjoey is the small village of Palm Beach. Here, clustered around the Palm Beach Ferry Wharf is the Palm Beach general Store and restauarants such as very pleasant Barenjoey House or the Greedy Goat Cafe. If you are looking for a nice bottle of wine or fixings for a picnic then the The World Famous Palm Beach Wine Co might satisy your desires. A full directory of the shops and stores with contact details can be found at the Qwert Directory of Palm Beach. This is where Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones reportedly spent $250,000 on champagne in one visit to the shop whilst holidaying here.

Ferry to Ettalong

Ferry to Ettalong

From the Palm Beach Ferry Wharf you can also embark on a cruise of the Hawkesberry River and Cowan Waters through Kuringai National Park. Here the steep sided bush tumbles down sandstone cliffs to waterways that can only be described as spectacular. Minutes from the hussle of Sydney and yet so serene. You shouldn’t miss this. Or if you want go go a little further afield then catch the ferry across Broken Bay to the village of Ettalong on the New South Wales Central Coast. You can listen to a podcast on Ettalong Beach in the free audio guides of Australia on this site. Information on the Palm Beach Ferry here and in a fast 30 minute crossing of Broken Bay you will be able to view Barrenjoey Lighthouse from the sea.

Another great day out or a longer stay is at The Basin camping and picnic ground. Part of the Kuringai Chase National Park and provides picnic and camping facilities for 400 campers. Information can be found on the Department of Environment and Climate Change web site. It’s great for family, friends or larger organised groups and amenities at the Basin include toilets and showers, laundry, electric BBQs and under cover tables. The Basin is a great spot for swimming, bush walking trails, and viewing Aboriginal Rock Art engravings. As it is a part of the Kuringai Chase National Park native wildlife abounds including Kangaroos, Wallabies, Goannas, Koalas as well as prolific birdlife and the easiest access is to take a ferry from Palm Beach Wharf. Information on ferries in the area can be obtained from the Palm Beach Ferry website.

On the Pacific Ocean, the surf side of Palm Beach is where you see most of the Home and Away “Summer Bay”, beach scenes. There are long stretches of golden sand tinged with red and plenty of beach to find yourself a tranquil spot. It is best to follow the beach safety directions of the surf lifesavers and swim between the flags. Beaches in Australia are beautiful but all can hold some hidden dangers. You can listen to a podcast about beach safety in Australia here.

Don’t just visit Sydney get out of the city and see more with a light carbon footprint day tour of the Central Coast.

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28 Comments so far ↓

  • Simon

    Coming from England, I know how popular Home and Away is and I thank you for the time and effort you have put into your blog. This makes it a lot easier for visitors to learn about Australia’s famous bits and the bits that only locals know about. A bit of insider knowledge is always useful. Well done!

  • GregL

    Glad you found it useful. It is a magical spot and you can often see scenes from Home and Away being filmed there.

  • Robin Spratt

    What an interesting podcast. We have some friends from England coming over soon and have sent them the link. What a great idea. It’s always hard finding things for visitors to do.

  • Cate

    I saw this on twitter and I thought Palm Beach US (where I live) but no its Oz. No wonder I couldn’t find the film crew. The beach looks beautiful. Interesting post.

  • GregL

    Thanks Cate, it’s amazing how many place names are repeated throughout the world. When moving from the US some years ago Eastern Airlines, remember them, kept quoting a super cheap rate to ship my stuff to Melbourne. i kept saying that can’t be right, it’s Melbourne Australia and they kept saying “yes, yes, yes”.

    I like Florida but didn’t want my stuff there, ended up booking another freight service.

  • Stewart

    You don’t have to be a soap opera fan to recognize an amazing beach, looks well worth a visit thanks for the interesting information, I have seen the show and always wondered where they filmed it.

  • Ngaire

    AWESOME! Thanks for this! I’m an avid Home and Away fan so I know where I’ll be visiting on my next trip to Australia!

  • Bemcepsy

    Perfect! Great market.

  • Zoe N Tas

    Nothing makes me more proud to be an Australian than to see great dramas like home and away on TV. I like Great Actors like Todd Lance (Aden) And Esther Anders (Charlie). Keep up the good work Home and Away (= Zoe

  • Neil Hornsby

    We had a couple of days in Sydney and visited palm beach on the way back to coolangatta as the Mrs is a fan of Home&Away,had breakfast in the diner and a walk along the beach which has drop dead views,well worth the diversion..

  • Margaret Greaves

    Hi will be back in Aus at the end of 2011, I hope to visit Palm Beach of Home and Away fame. Have watched the show since it first began, I live it and can’t wait to visit

  • GregL

    Filming Days for Home and Away

    Many blog visitors have asked about the filming days.

    My understanding is that most outside filiming at Palm Beach (Summer Bay) is done between a Monday and Wednesday between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The inside shots at the studio are not accessible.

    Furthermore I undestand that Channel 7 do not annonce in advance when the outside shooting will take place due to some over exhuberant fans in the past.

  • Palm Beach Accommodation

    Palm beach has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in New South Wales.

  • georgia

    hi! i’ve never been to palm beach before, but i watch home and away every night and i really love the beach and town. i would love to visit there one day, but it’s not such a good time right now…. anyway, just wanted to say what a great place it looks to be!

  • karen

    hi, i just wanted to know what is the nearest university to palm beach?

  • GregL

    Hi Karen, Palm beach is not really near any University. The nearest is probably Macquarie University at Maquarie Park which is on a train line. Palm Beach being at the end of the peninsula from Sydney’s northern beaches is a little far away from the action.

  • Marlene

    Thanks so much for all this information and pictures of Palm Beach aka Summer Bay from Home and Away – it’s amazing – a piece of paradise. Unfortunately Home and Away isn’t known here in Switzerland. Watching it is the perfect opportunity to improve my English and enjoy Australia’s culture and landscape at the same time. Palm Beach is on top of my *to-visit-list* for my Australia trip.

    Greetings from Switzerland,
    Marlene

  • ckayone

    Will be visiting Australia for the first time next month and top of my to do list is to visit Palm beach and hopefully ( fingers crossed ) they will be filming so thanks for the heads up above on days/times and ill TRY not to be one of those over exhuberant fans mentioned ( but cant promise!)!

  • GregL

    Palm Beach is a fabulous spot and there is a lot to see and do in the local area. On one side you have The Pittwater, a sheltered harbour with a national park running alongside, and on the other Palm beach, open to the Pacific Ocean. What a setting for “Summer Bay” and “Home and Away”. Of course it is much more than this. On a good sunny day there is no place quite as good and you can feel the cares of the world drift away as you round the last few bends of the road to enter Palm Beach.

    Enjoy your visit to Australia.

  • rosie Lam

    Hi, I dont surpose they are likely to be film home and away at all after xmas like in January hey, I think its when they are all on holidays hey, we are going to sydeny for 7 to 10 days then.

  • barbara

    We went to Palm Beach yesterday but couldnt see the white house with the red roof in the caravan park is this filmed in another location. We enjoyed seeing the surf club though and felt like part of the set. Great part of Australia and proud to be Australian.

  • Esther

    HI hoping to come and visit palm beach xmas this year love home and away and would love to see them doing the filiming since i will be coming from aberdeen scotland the show is just great to watch will hopefully visit palm beach december this year.

  • vicky

    I absolutely love home &away best soap on tv by far! My fave characters are Brax &the river boys &i enjoyed the Charlie Brax love story. &I also love Romeo he’s cute! I live in England &i’ve watched the show since I was little. I would love 2visit palm beach 1day its a beautiful place &would be great 2meet the actors. Unfortunately I don’t have the money at the moment but its on my 2do list! =)

  • samantha

    i love home and away i watch it every day

  • kylie

    Hi can you tell me if i was staying in the city and dont drive can i take the ferry all the way to palm beach?

  • PL

    I’ve been to Palm Beach 8 times, I love the place, I’ve met around 20 of the cast out there, When I was there in 2008/2009, you could phone Channel 7 and they would tell you when they are filming, your correct it is Monday-Wednesday. At the end of 2009 they stopped giving out info….Climbing the headland is a must!!!!!!!!

  • GregL

    You can catch the L90 bus to Palm beach from outside Wynyard Station in the city.

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