eBike Tours

Newport to Palm Beach Loop

My ride plan was to try reaching Palm Beach from Newport without using the dreaded Barrenjoey Road. Surprisingly, it can be done…almost; I also found many new places to explore.

I parked near Newport Beach then headed west to the Pittwater side. I rode up Plateau Road, which is one of the steepest streets in Sydney. You should have seen the faces; gotta love ebikes. The views from the top of the Plateau are worth the effort. Its a steep descent to water’s edge, then on to Taylors Point.

1I’ve never been to Clareville before; it’s a pretty beach village with a great coffee shop.

2Next stop was the “I’ve never heard of it” Paradise Beach; and have you ever wondered what’s on the other side of the Careel Bay Ovals?

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3A path from Careel Bay winds through some lovely wetlands (past a comfy sofa) then on to Sandy Beach.

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6I reach west Palm Beach and take the upgraded path from the Wharf to the Governor Phillip Reserve where I rode on the wet hard-pack sand on Pittwater. While walkers stared at the bearded senior riding on the beach, Dalmatians looked on in their formal black and whites.

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The Peninsula ‘jewels in the crown’ are the Palm Beach Headland, the majestic Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and the lovely Palm Beach itself.

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9A short ride further and I’m at the southern end of Palmie where you find the rock pool with views back along the beach.

10To avoid Barrenjoey Road, I head home via hilly coastal streets; it’s a great view looking back to where I was.

11As I pass Whale Beach I detour up towards Jonah’s Restaurant for more photos. A short ride west found me at the small but beautiful McKay Reserve which has sweeping views back towards Pittwater. Definitely worth the diversion.

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13Back on the coastal road I follow a small track towards a panoramic clifftop reserve called Bangally Head. More amazing views.

 

14aI ride past Avalon Beach and divert via The Serpentine in order to avoid the worst of The Bends. I use Barrenjoey Road for the final kilometre to Newport Beach where I started.

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16For me this has been a fantastic ride, but be warned: the hills are very steep and an eBike is essential. The 37 kms over 3 hours has some of the most beautiful views in the country. I used Barrenjoey Road for only a couple of short stretches, the rest was all back streets and footpaths. This ride gets a ‘safe and scenic’ tick from me. I’ll be doing it more often for sure.

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