Patonga Beach Insider's Guide

Patonga Beach is a charming fishing village beside the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water National Park.

It’s the most isolated beach town on the Central Coast, a great spot to relax for a day. 

Patonga Beach

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. Beside the jetty the water is calm.

Things to Do 

Swimming, fishing, kayaking – This beach town is about relaxing, swimming, relaxing, fishing, relaxing, kayaking. 

Walking on the beach

Take the kids to the creek (away from the strong currents at the mouth) or to the calm beach near the jetty. Fish in the creek or kayak up into Brisbane Water National Park.  

You can walk the dog on the beach in the off-leash area, about 500 m between Meroo Avenue and Jacaranda Ave. 

Warrah LookoutWalk to Warrah Lookout or Pearl Beach. This trail is 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. You can see Palm Beach and lots of tiny boats sailing the Hawkesbury River. 

Warrah Lookout is my favourite lookout on the Central Coast. 

Patonga to Pearl Beach walk - Warrah Lookout

The track starts at the eastern end of the beach. The walk takes 30-45 minutes 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 here for more than a day and would like to bushwalk in Brisbane Water National Park, check out our best day walks

Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises – Cruise to Bobbin Head and back and enjoy the beautiful sceneries along the Hawkesbury River. The ferry stops at Bobbin Head for an hour, enough time for a picnic.  

Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises: Heading to Bobbin Head and back.

Or alight at Cottage Point Inn restaurant for fine dining. The ferry will pick you up again on its way back from Bobbin Head. 

Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises leaves Patonga wharf at 11:30 am and returns at 3 pm.

Mountain Biking – Enjoy mountain biking in Brisbane Water National Park and 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. 

Patonga Blues Across the Bay Festival – 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 here or Palm Beach.

Buy your tickets in advance because places are limited.

Accommodation in Patonga Beach

Patonga Camping Ground is a popular spot for Sydney siders.

The campground is simple. It has powered and unpowered sites (but no cabins) beside the creek and close to the beach.  

The camping site is very popular during the peak holiday season so book in advance. 

Take your swimmers, kayaks and fishing rods.

Renting a holiday house is another great way to stay in this beach town. There are stunning houses along the waterfront. Search in a website such as Stayz and Airbnb. 

If you haven't used Airbnb before, I’ve got a $55 credit for you on your first stay.

Patonga Beach HotelEnjoying a beer at the Hotel.
Patonga Beach view from HotelYou get great ocean views from the Hotel.
Patonga PubThe pub has taken in the character of the village. It blends into the landscape.
Patonga CreekThis is the creek which you can access via the campground.
Patonga Camping GroundPatonga Camping Ground
Patonga Beach seen from a lookout on the Patonga to Pearl Beach walking trail.Patonga Beach seen from a lookout on the Patonga to Pearl Beach walking trail.
Cottages in the Dark CornerCottages in the Dark Corner
Patonga Beach
Patonga Beach and Hotel
War Memorial stands as an honour to residents who served in World War II.

Getting There

By car – Located 1 hr 30 min north of Sydney. Follow the M1 Sydney - Newcastle Motorway and exit toward Gosford / Woy Woy / Terrigal. 

The last bit of the drive is on a nice road in Brisbane Water National Park.

By ferry from Palm Beach – There's a daily ferry service from Palm Beach. The ferry returns to Palm Beach in the afternoon. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

Check out palmbeachrivercruises.com.au


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