Tour the Northern Beaches - Manly to West Head & Palm Beach

May 23 2016

Tour the Northern Beaches – Manly to West Head & Palm Beach

A day tour of the Northern Beaches.

I recently joined Go Beyond Tours, on a day tour of the Northern Beaches.

Mike is one of the owners and was our tour guide for the day.  He has lived on the Northern Beaches since he was born, so knows the area extremely well.  I live locally so I met Mike in Manly, but you can arrange pick up from the Sydney CBD if you’re not staying on the Northern Beaches.

First stop was a viewing point in Seaforth that overlooks the Spit and Middle Harbour waterways.  As you can see from the pics the views are amazing.

views of spit bridge northern beaches tour  view of spit bridge, northern beaches tour

From there we headed to West Head.  Along the way Mike shared some stories and history of the Northern Beaches.  We stopped off for morning tea at a lovely picnic area within the Ku-ring-gai National Park.  The picnic area has some great information boards about the wildlife and the available walks in the Ku-ring-gai National Park.

ku-ring-gai-national-park-picnic-northern-beaches  picnic area - ku-ring-gai national park

A short walk from the picnic area is the Red Hands Cave which highlights ancient rock art of the Guringai people.

aboriginal engraving ku-ring-gai northern beaches tour

From there we jumped back into the mini bus and had a short drive to West Head.  The incredible views from West Head extend from Pittwater, Barrenjoey Headland up to the Central Coast.  The photos don’t do this place justice.  The views are simply amazing and the area is so tranquil!

view from West Head, Ku-ring-gai national park

view from West Head, Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, Northern Beaches  view from West Head, Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, Northern Beaches

After a lovely wander around West Head we took a short 1 km bush walk on the Koolewong Track.  It was an easy walk and we ended up at a great lookout overlooking Broken Bay, Lion Island and up to the Central Coast.  One thing I love about the Australian bush is the awesome character of the trees.

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Before leaving the National Park we took another short walk on the America Bay Track (see my blog on America Bay Track).  You can follow the track down to the waterfall, but we took a right hand turn off the track to visit the aboriginal engravings.

aboriginal engravings - ku-ring-gai national park, northern beaches  aboriginal engravings at ku-ring-gai national park, northern beaches

Next stop was Palm Beach via the scenic route of Church Point where you get to enjoy the beautiful waterways of Pittwater.  We stopped off for a relaxing lunch and then it was back onto the bus for more sightseeing.  Palm Beach is one of Sydney’s most popular destinations to visit and is home of the famous TV show where you will see some of the filming sites of Summer Bay, including Summer Bay Surf Life Saving Club and Alf’s Bait Shop.  Driving around Palm Beach is a treat in itself as you get to see loads of mansions of the rich and famous.

summer bay surf club, palm beach

view from summer bay surf club, palm beach  view from summer bay surf club, palm beach, northern beaches

Overlooking Palm Beach is a hidden gem called The Bible Gardens.  It’s a quaint little garden with the perfect views looking over Barrenjoey Headland and Palm Beach.

view from bible garden, palm beach, northern beaches  view from bible garden, palm beach, northern beaches  view from bible garden, palm beach, northern beaches

It was time to start making our way back towards Manly.  We stopped at some gorgeous places including a lookout near Avalon where the views stretched right down the Northern Beaches to Manly.

View over Bilgola Beach and down the coast of the northern beaches  View over Bilgola Beach and down the coast of the northern beaches

Narrabeen Beach was another stop off and then we made our way to Long Reef Headland, one of my favourite places to go walking on a sunny afternoon.  The views along the headland are simply stunning.

view of narrabeen beach

view overlooking long reef and dee why beach, northern beaches  overlooking collaroy beach and up the coast, northern beaches

On our way to North Head we followed the scenic road along Curl Curl Beach and Freshwater Beach, with a quick stop to view the statue of Olympic Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, who introduced surfing to Australia at Freshwater Beach.

Our last stop was North Head which overlooks Sydney Harbour towards the city.  This is an amazing spot to finish off the tour.

overlooking Sydney Harbour at North Head, Northern Beaches

A big thanks to Mike at Go Beyond Tours for a fantastic day out.  I would highly recommend this tour, with a friendly local guide who can take you to amazing places you wouldn’t normally see if you were to tour the Northern Beaches on your own.

For more information visit www.gobeyondtours.info

Go Beyond Tours bus, Northern Beaches