Visit Palm Beach, Australia
Visit Palm Beach, Australia
Once, when I used to watch Home and Away (before I got too busy to watch TV), I would see “Summer Bay” (it’s really called Palm Beach, located just over an hours drive from Sydney CBD) and daydream about visiting. On screen, it reminded me of Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. Tranquil water, boats and jetty on one side, and a beautiful beach over the other side. Both places have a hill that you can climb for a view over the ocean.
It’s only taken us four years. We finally travelled to the opposite end of Sydney to see the famous (in Australia and New Zealand) beach. On arrival, we headed towards the surf club.
I looked out to the ocean and spotted splashing. Lucky us, there was a large pod of dolphins swimming and playing just behind the surfer’s. We watched them playing for a while and I headed down to the beach to put my feet in the sand and snap a few photos.
We decided to trek up the mountain for a view from the lighthouse. After walking about five minutes Aaliyah started up. First it was about a pear (I’m hungry, I only want a pear), then the scooter, then an all out mega tantrum. Yeehaa, the joys of travelling with tired children (naughty me, I let them stay up a bit late the night before). We were also travelling with my friend who had her small toddler with us. When we realised the track might be a bit difficult with a tantruming six year old and a pram, we gave up. This just happens sometimes. I guess it’s one of those things you accept as a parent when you travel with children! I’ve decided I’ll try to make a mission up there again, and I aim to get up to the lighthouse.
Back down the hill, Aaliyah had forgotten her tanty (thank goodness), so we visited “Alf’s bait shop” which had a beautiful looking restaurant attached to it. We walked along the jetty, and took some photos. I discovered a sea plane flies out of this place. This is one adventure to add to the bucket list I think! I haven’t been in a sea plane since I was a kid, is a plane flying off a lake still called a sea plane?
After a short walk back to the car, we discovered the baby was not yet ready for a car ride, so we headed back to the surf club and grabbed ice cream for the kids (and the big kid – me).
My friend headed home while me and the kids visited the beautiful Whale Beach.
I can’t wait to get back there and journey to the light house. I’ll make sure to update this post once I do it!
About the Author
Melissa is the wife of Rimaha (yes, we are Kiwis) and mother to Noah, Aaliyah and Elijah. She's obsessed with writing books, learning, travelling and making online businesses (for herself, hubby and kids) work so she can live her dream of travelling the world with her children. She currently homeschools while preparing to create a passive income that will meet her family's needs for travelling. Melissa and her family currently reside in the beautiful Central Coast, NSW, Australia.