Ferry from Palm Beach Wharf
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It's super fun to take a short ferry ride from the Palm Beach wharf. You can choose from any of the gorgeous destinations that await across the water. The ferries are small, and if you sit outside you feel the sea spray on your face! Young kids will want to snuggle up to you for some reassurance, while older kids will delight in the tipping of the boat! As you head farther out, you are in the only place in the world where five bodies of water meet. You pass Lion Island, a rock formation, and then as you approach your destination, you see the little docks, hills covered in bushland, vibrant sands, and deep green water. As an Australian flag waves in the wind above, you know why Australians sing "We've golden soil and wealth for toil, our home is girt by sea. Our land abounds in nature's gifts of beauty rich and rare..."
My destination was Wagstaffe, where, as you arrive, you pass lovely houses facing the sun. Once at the dock you walk past a newsagency in a wide-open circle. Ask someone inside the newsagency to point out the path to Killcare Beach. It's a doable walk and the reward is B-L-I-S-S. Bring your swimsuit as there is a rock pool at the beach that offers a swim with clear waters that feel fresh like a swim at the Italian riviera! The snack bar with ocean views offers a relaxing place to grab a bite to eat.
Another destination is the Basin. It is a delightful memory from my childhood, but I can't tell you much more than that.
You can also go to Patonga to have lunch in the fancy restaurant.
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Palm Beach Wharf is located on the bay (Pittwater) side of the
Barrenjoey peninsula. Take Barrenjoey Rd north until you see Palm Beach
Wharf on your left and "Barrenjoey House" on your right. Park you car in
the parking lot or along the road.
Bus #L90 runs from Railway Square at Central via Wynyard, all the way here.
There is a sign at the beginning of the wharf that details the departure times of the ferries. You hop onto a ferry (ask that you're on the right one) and then once out in the water, a conductor comes to ask for payment for the ride.
Cost is approximately $12 each way. The trip is around 30-45 minutes each way.
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