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