Pearl Beach

Pearl BeachPearl Beach is a tiny National Trust village where life with all its charm and friendliness has been preserved. Surrounded by Brisbane Water National Park, the lush green canopy sweeps down to the ocean and the golden curve of one of New South Wales’ prettiest beaches, an exceptional duet of coast and country.

Wandering the tree-shaded streets of this village is sheer delight. There is a distinct sense that time has stood still and a piece of history has been preserved. The innovative beach architecture of recent years has added much to the enjoyment of the place.

For the energetic, a walk up to the waterfall or through the National Park to Patonga will reward you with breathtaking views – for those for whom the very thought of such exertion induces a cold sweat, a stroll through the Arboretum is much more sedate and there are labels for the Botanica Illiterati.

There is also a bowling green and public tennis courts, but if your idea of a weekly work-out is reading the Sunday papers, then an amble down to the beach café would reward you with breakfast overlooking the Pacific.

The southern end of the beach is calm and usually the choice for the toddlers with a nearby salt water pool. From there you can explore the rock pools. The terrain is largely flat so bikes are popular.

A licensed restaurant Pearls on the Beach, with one hat fine dining, sits on the edge of the sand with exquisite water views from every table. A general store stocks everything from fresh vegies to birthday cards and has a take-away menu.

An active local community ensures that the pristine environment is wonderfully well preserved and activities from Pilates to the Choir as well as other interest groups are on offer. Greenway Gallery displays the work of local artists.

The community hosts a number of special events, Opera in the Arboretum is always a sell out. Picnic-style,  with the best voices from the operatic world – BYO canapes and champagne, heaven!


 

Directions to Pearl Beach

direction to Pearl Beach & PatongaComing from Sydney – take the F3 north, exit at the Gosford turn off and about 2km after the exit, turn right at the lights (just past the Shell service station) into Woy Woy Road.

Following the signs to Woy Woy, you will drive across the ridgeway, then wind down the mountain, continue until you come to a roundabout (turn right at the Shell service station) and then continue down Ocean Beach Drive until the next roundabout. Turn right at the Shell service station and follow signs to Patonga/Pearl Beach.

It should take you about 25 – 30 minutes from the Gosford turn off to reach Pearl Beach.

Once you come down the hill into Pearl Beach, turn right into Diamond Street. The Real Estate Office is in Tourmaline Avenue (3rd street on the left).

 

 


 

Patonga

Patonga BeachA sleepy fishing village, unspoilt by its recent gentrification. Surrounded by bushland, across the water from Palm Beach,you can hop a ferry for a day trip.

The creek has fishing, water sports and a wonderful world of unspoilt beauty to explore.

You can’t beat fish & chips from the famous Patonga Fish & Chip shop but for a more leisurely meal and again fresh seafood, the Patonga Hotel offers outdoor dining with spectacular views.

For those of artistic bent, time spent sauntering around the art galleries can be topped off with lovely lattes at the coffee shop on the ocean front.

 


 

Directions to Patonga

direction to Pearl Beach & Patonga

Coming from Sydney – take the F3 north, exit at the Gosford turn off and about 2km after the exit, turn right at the lights (just past the Shell service station) into Woy Woy Road.

Following the signs to Woy Woy, you will then drive across the ridgeway, wind down the mountain, continue until you come to a roundabout (turn right at the Shell service station ) and then continue down Ocean Beach Drive until the next roundabout. Turn right at the Shell service station and follow signs to Patonga/Pearl Beach.

Instead of taking the Pearl Beach turnoff, simply keep going to Patonga. Simple!