Moving to the Northern Beaches

Thursday, September 5, 2013

My husband and I moved to the Pittwater in 2003.  Initially we had had ideas of finding a weekender, maybe something in the country perhaps.  Instead we sold our house and moved up to the beaches and decided to live there full-time!

The Pittwater is some 40 kilometres north of the city of Sydney and is a particularly beautiful waterway that extends north from Newport and their beautiful marinas to Palm Beach where the Pittwater waterway opens out to Broken Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

To the west the Kuringgai national park runs down to the foreshore and provides us with a spectacular backdrop to the most beautiful sunsets of an evening as we watch the twilight regattas and boats of all shapes and sizes looking for little secluded spots to weigh anchor for the evening.

Susan Duncan in her book A Life on Pittwater has produced a most inspiring account of her life and experience here with wonderful photography by Anthony Ong.  I highly recommend it as a great read particularly if you are into local history and early settlement and the impact this had on the indigenous population.

We bought a very original house with the most captivating view west looking across to Scotland Island and the national park and have spent the last ten years renovating it and taming the native bushland that runs down the cliff face.  We have met some wonderful people in that time and have been accepted as locals in a community that is adapting to the changes and challenges of Sydney's urban sprawl.

The local village of Avalon provides essential services without having to leave the peninsula and is just south of Palm Beach some twelve minutes further down the road north by car.  The Bilgola headland provides a wonderful vantage point to watch the migration of whales each year up and down the coast and dolphins are a regular feature just out of reach of the surfers chasing their favourite breaks from Newport to Avalon, Bilgola to Whale and Palm Beach.

Overall life on the Pittwater is calm and peaceful and fabulous for entertaining friends and family.  There really is no need to go anywhere on weekends if you don't need to.  There's nothing we like more than to watch the sunset with a glass of champagne in hand sharing the moment with friends.  Locally it is known as the insular peninsula and after ten years I'm beginning to understand why.


  1. Its a really great great thing that finally you find a home with a beautiful view and location you ever wanted.You can give more beauty to your lawn and garden with new landscaping

    1. Very nice post and m really impressed with your experience you got to search a perfect location


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