A Guide To The Southern Highlands
The Southern Highlands is still a relatively well-kept secret. Most of the…
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It’s no secret that we love Palmy! Did you know that we have an office located in Palm Beach dedicated to looking after our guests and our amazing portfolio of local properties?
Today we asked our Katy Young, our Guest Relations Manager to give us the insider knowledge on what to try, see and do at Palm Beach.
Katy’s lived at Palmy most her life and she calls it “the Malibu of Australia” because it’s so beachy, tropical and laid back Let’s find out from a true local about the best must-see haunts at Palm Beach.
Where’s the best place for a special occasion dinner?
“Bert’s Bar & Brasserie is a grand dining room that’s perfect for a special evening. Owned by local hospitality entrepreneur Justin Hemmes, he named the restaurant after his sister and it’s definitely fancy fine dining with a French-influenced menu and a relaxed seaside atmosphere.
“Another local hotspot is Jonah’s, a stunning restaurant at Whale Beach. There’s a rumour that it’s Mick Jagger’s favourite restaurant, I’m not sure if that’s true but he’s certainly dined there alongside many other famous faces. It’s all about the wonderful view so I always recommend going for lunch to make the most of it.”
What are your favourite brunch places?
“The Boathouse at Palm Beach is iconic, and the perfect place for brunch. I also love Whale Beach Deli. Less busy but also great is the Greedy Goat. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention Pronto, its owner Stacy is a local and her chicken mushroom pies are delish.”
Where’s the best place for a classic pub meal?
“There’s so many great pubs around town! I love The Newport, another one owned by Justin Hemmes, it’s been a local institution for years. Kids will love its dedicated gymnasium with giant-sized Jenga, bowling alley and games. Club Palm Beach is also terrific, it’s just a short stroll from the Palm Beach wharf and it offers all the delicious pub meals you’d expect.”
Where’s the best spots to take a picnic?
“With scenic views everywhere there’s plenty to choose from! Lighthouse Beach and Sandy Point Beach are both lovely. The Bible Gardens is a romantic spot and many proposals have happened there over the years (including my own)! I always suggest guests grab takeaway from Palm Beach Fish and Chips then enjoy their feast overlooking the Ferry Wharf at Palm Beach.”
What are the best boutiques for women’s fashion?
“We girls sure do love our boutiques and there’s plenty of gorgeous shops to choose from. I love Bow Wow, Studio 165 and Honeysuckle Rose. Or venture further afield to Avalon and check out Mama Papa for boho fashion and accessories, Beachwood for lush homewares and Rust for stunning French vintage furniture.”
Where would you recommend for a pampering session?
“Ellie is our wonderful in-house masseuse so most guests choose to arrange an in-house visit for true relaxation in peace and privacy. We also have our own day spa that offers a complete range of pampering packages.”
What are the best places for a selfie with a view?
“So many! Take a walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and snap a selfie at the top. Or the romantic aforementioned Bible Gardens has sublime views. And of course our many stunning beaches were made for selfies. With perfect views from sunrise to sunset, the photo opportunities are endless. And that’s not even mentioning the luxurious properties that also make perfect backdrops for photos!”
What would you recommend for families with young children?
“Grab a pineapple crush at Pineana in Avalon, take a swim or walk on the rocks at the kiddies corner at Palm Beach, take a ferry ride into The Basin or learn to surf with Manly Surf School. It’s great to see kids as young as five getting into the surf and loving it!”
And for families with teenagers?
“Of course teens are trickier to entertain, but we have a few options that may gain approval… try Mexican at Alma , or dinner at Newport or Club Palm Beach. Give Avalon Beach Bowling Club a try for some fun barefoot bowls.
What are the local secrets that the tourists don’t know about?
Sandy Point Beach on the Pittwater side is great for little kids, and also a wonderful spot for stand-up paddle boarding. We call it little Fiji because it’s calm and relaxed. Another one that tourists often miss is the ferry ride to The Basin or Patonga, that’s just lovely.
What are the recent new additions that we should check out?
There’s a great new coastal walking track along Barrenjoey road from the ferry to Palm Beach Golf Course. It’s a lovely ten minute walk with tremendous views and you can spoil yourself with a hot chocolate at The Boathouse when you’re done.
If all these wonderful Palm Beach attractions don’t tempt you, nothing will! And to make your stay in Palm Beach extra special choose one of our stunning properties. We look forward to welcoming you to Palmy soon!