This secluded beach is perhaps the Central Coast's most beautiful; a seductive curve of sand lapped by gentle waves with a lovely outlook across the bay. The village here is deep in vegetation and very laid-back, with holiday lets popular with summering families. The likeably few facilities include a shop/cafe and upmarket restaurant. A 4.2km bush track heads through national park from here to Patonga, accessible by ferry from Palm Beach.

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1. West Head

2.53 MILES

This central section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a spectacular wilderness, with awe-inspiring vistas over Pittwater and Broken Bay, hidden beach…

2. Barrenjoey Lighthouse


This historic sandstone lighthouse (1881) sits at the northern tip of the Northern Beaches in an annexe of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You've got two…

3. Palm Beach

3.62 MILES

Long, lovely Palm Beach is a crescent of bliss that's famous as the setting for cheesy TV soap Home and Away. The 1881 Barrenjoey Lighthouse punctuates…

4. Currawong Beach

3.71 MILES

You will have to take the ferry at Palm Beach to reach this sheltered, carless beach suburb on the shores of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There…

5. Whale Beach

4.97 MILES

Sleepy Whale Beach, 3km south of Palm Beach, is well worth seeking out – a paradisiacal slice of deep, orange-tinted sand backed by pines and flanked by…

6. Brisbane Water National Park

5.07 MILES

Bordering the Hawkesbury River, 9km southwest of Gosford, this park, despite its name, is mostly sandstone outcrops and forest, with only a short Brisbane…

7. Bouddi National Park

5.66 MILES

At this spectacular park, short walking trails lead to isolated beaches and dramatic lookouts from where you can experience the annual whale migration…

8. Avalon

6.55 MILES

Caught in a sandy ’70s time warp, Avalon is the mythical Australian beach you always dreamed of but could never find. Challenging surf and sloping,…