Northern Beaches, Sydney


If you ever get a chance (or are lucky enough to live there, I’m jealous!) then the Northern Beaches of Sydney are a wonderful place to visit, even just for a day trip.

We’re lucky enough that Ryan’s parents live there, so we love taking the opportunity to stay with them when we can. For me, it is a lot similar to my childhood growing up. Sleepy beach side towns, people wandering around barefoot and lugging surfboards under their arms. It has such a relaxed vibe about it, it is hard not to get forget about your worries and fast paced life we lead ‘back in the city’

Funnily enough, it is only about an hour from the city – yet you seem to be miles away smelling the salty air,  hearing the seagulls overhead and watching the waves crash onto the sand.

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One place we love to visit when we are here is The Boathouse at Palm Beach. If you can, try and score a table out on the back deck overlooking Pittwater. You won’t be disappointed!

Breakfasts here are fresh and delicious and I have on good authority that the coffee is pretty damn excellent as well. No tea bags here either my friends, just beautiful loose leaf teas in cute little teapots with all the trimmings – exactly how I like it!


Avocado + tomato on charred toast + goats curd + basil    $18.00




Green Eggs + Ham – Grilled ham, basil pesto + sourdough $24.00




The crowds for breakfast can be quite intense, so my hot tip is to arrive as early as possible. The design and decor of The Boathouse is both beautiful and very well thought out. If you’re a photographer too, this will be a dream location to visit – so many things to shoot! Fresh flowers, produce and a gorgeous view to boot, what more could you want?

Afterwards, make sure you take a stroll around Pittwater, and then over to Palm Beach itself. We were very lucky with the weather while we were there – clear blue skies and sunny rays to relax in!

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Another great venue on the beaches is Cranky Fins. Once an old french restaurant the venue has now been turned in to a fun, funky bar and restaurant where locals and visitors alike can get their Mexican fix.

It is often filled with people straight from the beach, sipping on beers and stuffing tacos into their mouths. Such a chilled out relaxed vibe here, you might even forget you’re at a bar! It is great for a few afternoon drinks as the sun sets over Pittwater.

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Do you have a favourite place to visit on the Northern Beaches?

The Boathouse

Barrenjoey Boathouse,
Governor Phillip Park Sydney, NSW 

Cranky Fins

1 Beach Road Palm Beach, NSW 
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  • Maybe someday we’ll make it to that side of the world. We keep inching closer but never quiet there. Of course we can’t seem to get away from the Pacific Ocean for some reason either. 😛

    I love your shots as always and it looks so beautiful there! I love quiet and lazy beach towns makes you feel at peace all the time.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful pics – I find myself waking up and imagining I’m in Palm beach on a regular basis…If only that were true! The Boathouse is an awesome spot for an afternoon siesta – love it!ReplyCancel

    • I haven’t actually been any time besides breakfast! Perhaps next time I’m there, I’ll have to try your trick 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful pics…

  • Oh how lovely was that!? I feel like I’ve had a little beaches jaunt right here on your blog! xReplyCancel

    • Oh I’m glad you feel like you escaped! I am sitting at my desk right now, doing the same thing 🙂 xReplyCancel

  • BookOfBokeh

    Great photos all around…but you know something? That “14” is freaking PERFECT!!! I am so jealous…ReplyCancel

  • I love love love the Boathouse and even though I do live here, I am ashamed to say I have still NOT been to CRanky Fins but I am planning on rectifying that very soon xxReplyCancel

  • Looks fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • a great escape! Love your photos!! so bright and freshReplyCancel

  • I’ve always been a fan of your photos! Thanks for sharing this at Whatever Wednesday!ReplyCancel

  • Hi, there’s a nice little place on the right just as you arrive at Palm Beach, no views, but some nice food, I can’t remember the name of it, but it has Goat in it somewhere..ReplyCancel

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