Patonga Beach is a fishing village beside the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water National Park.
It’s the most isolated village on the Central Coast. So Patonga Beach is a great spot to relax for a day.
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Even better, spend a night or two. Pitch a tent in the campground beside the creek. And relax with one or two handcrafted ales from local breweries at Patonga Beach Hotel (closed for renovations until spring 2018). It’s a must.
This village is charming and is a popular getaway for Sydney siders.
Here you'll find an art gallery, seafood shop, camping ground and a great pub. And lots of water. You can swim in the creek or in the ocean. Across the pub the water is calm...
The pub has taken in the character of the village. It blends into the landscape...
The camping ground is simple too: No cabins, no jumping pillow, no bells and whistles. Only tents and caravans by the creek and ocean. Take your fishing rods.
Patonga is simple living at its best.
Patonga Beach is about relaxing, swimming, relaxing, fishing and relaxing.
Take the kids to the creek (away from the strong currents at the mouth) or to the beach near the jetty. Fish in the creek or kayak.
You can walk the dog on the beach in the off-leash area, about 500 m between Meroo Avenue and Jacaranda Ave.
Walk to Pearl Beach from Patonga Beach via Warrah Lookout on a section of the Great North Walk. It's a strenuous but great walk.
From Warrah Lookout, at the top of the headland, the view is epic. Warrah Lookout is my favourite lookout on the Central Coast. From above, you see Palm Beach and lots of tiny boats sailing the Hawkesbury River.
The track starts at the eastern end of the beach. The walk takes 30-45 minutes from Patonga to Warrah Lookout and another 30 minutes to Pearl Beach.
You can also take a shortcut to Warrah Lookout if you're not up to walking uphill. Park at the end of Warrah Trig Rd and follow Tony Doyle track. The track is about 375 metres to Warrah Lookout.
If you're staying for longer than a day, here are other short walks in Brisbane Water National Park you can do.
If you're staying for a few days in Patonga, cruise to Bobbin Head and back. Enjoy the beautiful sceneries along the Hawkesbury River. The ferry stops at Bobbin Head for an hour, enough time for a picnic.
Or alight at Cottage Point Inn restaurant for fine dining. The ferry will pick you up again on its way back from Bobbin Head.
The Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises leaves Patonga wharf at 11:30 am and returns at 3 pm.
Enjoy mountain biking in Brisbane Water National Park. Ride the Tommos Loop, the Rocky Ponds trail or the Warrah Trig Loops. The two first ones are 20 km combined. The trails start at Staples Lookout on Woy Woy Rd. Warrah Trig is 10 km and starts at the end of Warrah Trig Rd.
For lovers of blues music, the Patonga Blues Across the Bay Festival has been going for 15 years. The festival occurs in November at Broken Bay Sport & Recreation Centre. You can only get there by ferry from Patonga or Palm Beach. buy your tickets beforehand because places are limited.
The camping ground is a popular spot for Sydneysiders. The campground is simple. It has powered and unpowered sites (but no cabins) beside the creek and close to the beach.
Take your swimmers, kayaks and fishing rods.
The campground has barbecues and a playground. Kids can ride their bikes.
From the camping ground you can walk to the Hotel, Warrah Lookout or Pearl Beach.
Keep warm in winter – between April and September, you can take a fire pit and firewood. The fire pit must be an enclosed vessel standing at least 20 cm off the ground.
Espresso coffee, food essentials and fishing bits and pieces are sold at the office.
The camping site is very popular during the peak holiday season.
The Hotel (closed for renovations until spring 2018) is a major drawcard for visitors. Most tourists are day-trippers who come to enjoy the outdoor terrace with water views.
The Hotel rooms on the second floor are airy self-contained apartments. The rooms have polished wooden floors. Sit on the large balcony and enjoy the water views.
Walk to the pub downstairs and eat fresh oysters from the creek, buckets of Australian prawns or salt & pepper squids. Drink handcrafted ale from the Six String Brewery.
(Staff can also pick you up or drop you off at Woy Woy Station at the start of a bushwalk in Brisbane Water National Park.)
Book online here or call 02 4379 1111.
Drive to the village over a stunning road through Brisbane Water National Park. Or even better, embark on a ferry from Palm Beach.
Ferries depart from Palm Beach every day and return in the afternoon. The trip takes about 30 minutes. Check out timetable and fares.
1 hr 25 min from Sydney on the Sydney to Newcastle Freeway. Exit at Gosford. Follow the directions on Google Map.