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Palm Beach (Summer Bay - Home & Away), Sydney - NSW

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One of the sights to see near Sydney is Palm Beach - about an hour and a half bus ride away on the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park peninsula.
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It is locally known as 'Palmy'.
It wasn't what I was expecting; I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of tourism in the area, and more so by just how beautiful the location is.
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It's the main location for exterior filming of the soap Home & Away, which I admit, like most people, used to watch every day after school. So I had to go an have a look.
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Alf's Bait Shop
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The Jetty where they have their secret meetings
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with some nice boats
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Summer Bay Surf Life Savings Club
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The beach they go for a walk along
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The ramp where they walk down onto the beach
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The fence where they always seem to bump into each other
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The sand dune where they go to have a good cry
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We walked the length of the beach, stopping to watch the surfers
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and the impressive waves
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and at the far end, we took a path up to the lighthouse
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The path started from the beach
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and wound it's way up the cliff, under the rocks
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We didn't find the diner (it's probably in a studio somewhere) but there was a lovely looking restaurant
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The headland at the northernmost point rises quite sharply from the beach to over 100 metres above sea level, and features an operational lighthouse. It's not the tallest, but still makes me look small...
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The Barrenjoey Head lighthouse was the third light constructed on the Barrenjoey, New South Wales headland, and was completed in 1881. Designed by NSW colonial architect James Barnet, its construction cost £13,695, plus £2,210 for the lamp. At an elevation of 113 m, it is visible to a distance of 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi) out to sea
The views from the top are stunning, almos the best I've seen so far...
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and on the other side, looking north up the east coast
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A customs station was established in 1843, as the Headland marked the entrance to Broken Bay and Pittwater – considered to be the back door to Sydney for smugglers. The first report of any lighted beacon on the headland was in 1855, when a fire was raised in a basket to assist mariners during storms.

George Mulhall - first principal keeper of Barrenjoey Lighthouse.
The census of 1828 stated that Gearoge Mulhall was born in Australia in 18111 (his headstone states 1814). Hi father and mother came in convict ships from Ireland in 1803.
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George's death is an interesting tale- on a stormy night in June 1885 ventured out of the lighthouse for more firewood and was struck down by a tremendous bolt of lightening and as the journalism of that day recorded, was burnt to a cinder. His death certificate however, describes his cause of death as apoplexy (stroke). A few years later, George Junior was struck by lightening resulting in a badly burnt arm which from that day was bound in snake skin to ward off further celestial visitations.

They weren't filming on the day we went, so we took enough photos of ourselves to make up for it :)
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Posted by charlystyles 13:12 Archived in Australia Tagged palm_beach summer_bay home_&_away Comments (0)

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