Palm Beach is the most northerly beach in Sydney and is an absolutely fantastic place to spend the day, from relaxing in the rockpool to climbing the headland, searching for marine life or even famous faces, or paddle boarding on the calm waters of Pittwater.
There’s so much to do in charming Palm Beach!
Palm Beach Rockpool
The 50-metre long Palm Beach Rock Pool sits right at the south-eastern end of the 2.5km long Palm Beach and is a great place to go for a swim and cool down. Out of all the ocean pools in Sydney, Palm Beach is the furthest north.
It is tucked away a little as Palm Beach is so long, however it’s definitely not a hidden gem – Palm Beach Rockpool is definitely a favourite amongst all the Northern Beaches Ocean Pools!
The views from Palm Beach rock pool are absolutely stunning!
As it’s located at the end of the beach you can look back towards the beach as it curves around the bay towards Barrenjoey Headland and Lighthouse, as well as offering views out towards parts of The Central Coast such as Box Head and Bouddi National Park.
Palm Beach is a really popular suburb to visit on a sunny weekend, so the rockpool can get busy during the summer and school holidays.
There is however, plenty of space in the pool to have a dip and swim some laps, plus the locals are extremely relaxed and welcoming.
There is also ample space to pop your towel down and sunbake next to the pool edge and on the rock shelf nearby if you’d prefer not to lay on the sandy beach.
Palm Beach Rockpool is also located in the ideal position as it is protected from the cold southerly winds by a steep headland.
To the west of the rock pool is a section of the beach known as Kiddies’ Corner. The sea is very gentle here so is good for beginners and children to learn how to bodyboard, surf or swim.
Palm Beach Rockpool is generally closed every Monday for cleaning, however be sure to check the cleaning roster before you plan your trip.
Palm Beach Rockpool Amenities
Toilets and outdoor showers are located next to the Palm Beach Rockpool, but the changing area is a bit small.
A 500 metre walk up the beach towards the bus terminus and SLSC is a toilet and shower block with more privacy and more spaces to change, so you can take your time here!
Very close by on Ocean Road there is also a cafe called 2108 Espresso. Perfect if you’re after a caffeine fix and a little snack after your swim! It has lovely views of the beach and it’s a great place to grab a coffee if you’re waiting for the bus.
2108 Espresso is open every day except Mondays – conveniently when the rock pool is also closed for cleaning!
Palm Beach Rockpool In Home & Away
Palm Beach is of course where filming for the famous TV show ‘Home & Away’ occurs.
You may even get to see some filming whilst you are here, although filming usually occurs at the northern end of Palm Beach (referred to as ‘Summer Bay’ in the TV series) mid-week.
If you are a Home and Away fan though, you may even recognise Palm Beach Rockpool as some memorable scenes have been filmed here over the years.
For example, when Viv (Alf’s first love) died here in his arms, when Shannon almost drowned, and when Charlotte King was shot.
You may also remember the rocks beyond the rockpool are the place where Vinnie went to take photos and record a video for VJ his son, as well as when Angie Russell’s ghost appeared to Tasha.
History Of Palm Beach Rockpool
Palm Beach Rockpool was built in the 1920s, and in 2019 it was also given the name of Johnny ‘Jack’ Carter Rockpool, in honour of the Palm Beach local who served the community as a lifeguard and swimming instructor in this pool over 70 years!
How To Get To Palm Beach Rockpool
If you’ll be driving to Palm Beach Rock Pool, access is off Ocean Road. Hourly pay and display parking is available for beachside parking from 7am until 7pm.
If you plan to drive to Palm Beach I would advise you to get here early as it can be very tricky to get a parking spot on a sunny summer weekend!
If you’ll be getting public transport from Sydney CBD, take the 190X bus to Warriewood, then hop on the 199 bus all the way up to Palm Beach. Both bus rides will take around 45 minutes each.
The bus will drop you at the bus terminus in Palm Beach near the SLSC. From there it’s then just a 5 minute walk to Palm Beach Rock Pool!
Alternatively if you’re coming from Manly, take the 199 bus from Stand B all the way up to Palm Beach, getting off at Ocean Place. It’s a 1 hour 20 minute ride, and then walk the 350 metres to the rock pool.