The northernmost beach on Sydney’s east coast is a popular surfing spot overlooked by Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Swimmers should exercise caution though, as it can be rip prone throughout the year.

Getting To North Palm Beach

Where Is It?

North Palm Beach is located between Barrenjoey Head and Palm Beach at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It is approximately 45 kilometres from the city.

To get there, take Barrenjoey Road and follow the signs to Palm Beach. At the golf course Barrenjoey Road becomes Beach Road, there is a turnoff for parking at the south end of the beach.

Alternatively, take the turnoff near the golf course towards the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and park at the far north end right next to the walk, there is a small track that will take you to the northern end of the beach.


The address is Beach Road, Palm Beach, 2108


Almost all the parking in this area is paid parking, starting around $3.80 for the first hour up to $20 for a full day. Fortunately, there’s plenty to pack into a full day, including a trip up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. We did find a small strip of free parking on Beach Road directly next to the playground before the entrance to the parking area for North Palm Beach, however it only has a two hour limit.


Google Maps Link – North Palm Beach | Northern Beaches

Things To Do


North Palm Beach is one of Sydney’s most dangerous beaches to swim in, with almost 150 rescues a year and up to 15 rips along the beach (Source: Swimming between the flags is your best bet, as the beach is patrolled by North Palm SLSC.


North Palm is a great spot for a surf. Beginners will have better luck in the southern end of the beach, while pros will head north towards the Barrenjoey Headland with good breaks year round.


Head north around Little Head and Barrenjoey and there are plenty of gutters off the rocks for experienced anglers. Fish with a partner and make sure you have the right equipment before venturing out.

TV and Film

North Palms and the Surf Life Saving Club are frequently used as film and television locations, including Home and Away (It’s the Summer Bay Surf Club), Wolverine and Chopper Squad. Things To Do North Palm Beach


  • Food

    You won’t go hungry at North Palms. There is the Dunes, a modern dining spot in Governor Phillip Park that also has a kiosk, as well as the SLSC where you can usually grab a coffee and a bite to eat.

  • Rubbish Bins

    There are rubbish bins in the greenspace areas, parking lots, and near the surf club and change rooms.

  • Toilets, Showers & Change Rooms

    There is a shower block next to the surf club which has toilets, showers and change rooms.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Dogs are not permitted on the beach.


Barrenjoey Lighthouse Palm Beach

Barrenjoey Headland Lighthouse Walking Track

A short uphill trek to the lighthouse gives incredible views across the Hawkesbury and out to the ocean.

Governor Phillip Park | Palm Beach

Governor Phillip Park

Just off the back of the beach, Governor Phillip Park had playgrounds, picnic areas and barbecues.

Palm Beach Sydney

Palm Beach

One of Sydney’s most famous beaches, just down the road from North Palm

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