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Whale Beach and the Surrounding Area

Whale Beach is situated in a fantastic location. For a change of beach scenery you can head north and in 5 minutes find yourself in iconic Palm Beach. Palm Beach is a huge, expansive beach with some of Sydney's finest homes. The southern end of Palm Beach is very calm, earning it the local name of 'Kiddies Corner' where young kids and learn to surfers can find their feet. There is a large swimming pool on the southern head as well as easy access to the headland for a spot of rock hopping.

Head 5 minutes south of Whale Beach and you will arrive at an equally pretty beach called Avalon. Avalon beach is very popular with swimmers and surfers and is famous in it's own right for the quality of it's water sports. Behind Avalon Beach is busy little Avalon Village, full of small boutique shops and more cafes and restaurants than you could ever want. Avalon has a lovely village atmosphere (as it is off the main road) and it is easy to spend an afternoon wandering around looking at things. Avalon Village also have some great bakeries, butchers and fruit shops so for the foodies among us.

In the hills around Avalon, Whale Beach and Palm Beach there are plenty of bush reserves that are great for a quick bush walk. People find it a little strange to have some much natural bush surrounding suburban areas, but some wise people set them aside years ago so we can enjoy them today. Lots of great walking tracks, beautiful rock escarpments and wildlife to feast your eyes on.

For a more strenuous walk you might tackle the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk. The path starts out heading north from the Palm Beach Car park on the Westerly side of the peninsula. Features of this track include views of the central coast, Palm Beach and the South Pacific Ocean, and historic remnants of old lighthouses.




Whale watching is a popular activity around whale beach also. Humpback whales migrate past Whale Beach as they head to and from the northern Coral sea to mate and give birth to their young.

The northern migration runs from April to mid August. At this time of year whales tend to swim constantly north at 4-5 knots (5-9 km/h) with regular surface intervals, not far form the coast. It is quite easy to spot the whales in groups form the shore it you have a good vantage point and a keen eye for the 'blows'! If you are lucky a pod may enter a bay or harbour for a short time before heading back out to open water to continue their journey north.

From mid August to mid December the southern migration runs with the Humpbacks heading south to return to the Antarctic feeding ground for the southern hemisphere summer. Their swim pattern tends to be less regular when heading south and they are often further out to sea so can be more difficult for land based spotting. However during Early October to Mid December the mothers and newborn calves pass south and they tend to swim very close to the shoreline. Often they will stop in protected areas to close to beaches to rest and feed, including inside the heads of Whale Beach. It is truly spectacular!

The waterway on westerly side of the northern tip of the peninsula is known as Pittwater. Pittwater is a beautiful, protected waterway the runs off the mouth of the Hawksberry River. Pittwater is lovely for sailing, boating, fishing and skiing. The water is clear and calm. Boats and kayaks can be hired from wharves at Palm Beach and Careel Bay.

Other local activities include:
Express bus to city: 100m to bus stop - 55 minutes to Sydney CBD

Tennis/golf/surfing/sailing all nearby

Vibrant Avalon village with shops, cinema and restaurants only 15 minutes walk or 3 minutes drive

Beautiful coastal walks like Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Bangalley Head

Catch a ferry from Palm Beach to The Basin, Cottage Point or Ettalong



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