Over the summer holidays our sleepy Whale Beach neighbourhood comes alive with Sydney weekenders, international visitors, and day trippers from the Central Coast who come to discover pristine beaches, tranquil bush trails, coastal dining and everything else that the far northern beaches has to offer. When staying at our luxury boutique hotel, you may find it difficult to tear yourself away from our peaceful oasis but we recommend our guests make the most of their time here by exploring the local area. These are our top ten tips for things to do on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this summer:
1. Cruise the Peninsula
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in our natural surroundings than with a cruise on a luxury Beneteau Oceanis Yacht. With the Jonah’s Stay & Play package you can enjoy the best of what the area has to offer. Indulge in a two hour cruise with a gourmet picnic hamper packed by the Jonah’s chefs and a bottle of Champagne Bollinger. Check in for an overnight stay in an Ocean Retreat room with a three course dinner in our hatted restaurant. Wake up the following morning after a blissful nights rest to a full a la carte breakfast in our clifftop dining room. Learn more about the Stay & Play package here.
2. Bird’s Eye View
At Jonah’s we are fortunate to boast unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and Whale Beach. Perhaps the only better way to take in the scenery would be from the air with Sydney Seaplanes. Take off from Rose Bay and touch down in Pittwater in just 20 minutes where a friendly Jonah’s staff member will retrieve you for a private transfer to Jonah’s. The flight offers a truly unforgettable experience with spectacular views from Sydney harbour, all the way to Palm Beach. Learn more here.
3. Take the high road
The heritage listed Barrenjoey Lighthouse of Palm Beach was one of the only existing structures in the area when Jonah’s first opened in 1929. The lighthouse is the most iconic landmark of Palm Beach having been built in 1881 on Barrenjoey headland- Sydney’s most Northern point. The uphill trail to the lighthouse is of moderate difficulty and takes about 30 minutes. Reaching the top will reward you with expansive views of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Central Coast. Learn more here.
Photo credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
4. Ride the Wave
Get the quintessential Aussie experience with a surfing lesson at Palm Beach. Our friendly reception staff can organise a lesson for you with a professional instructor. Learn the basics of surfing and get local knowledge on where the best spots are to catch your next wave. The lessons cater to all levels of ability, fitness and age.
Photo credit: manlysurfschool.com
5. Find Your Zen
At Jonah’s our in house guests are welcomed to experience sunrise yoga in their room or private balcony with one of our trusted instructors. This is the perfect way to start your day on the right foot. We offer private classes for all levels of fitness as well as meditation and mindfulness practices.
6. Retail Therapy
Discover Avalon’s boutique specialty stores just a 5 minute drive from Jonah’s. The village feel and variety of clothing, homewares, and organic food retailers make this beachside suburb worth a visit. There are a number of independent cafes and casual restaurants to choose from while you’re there.
Photo credit: bassike.com
7. Grab a Paddle
Get in touch with your adventurous side and take to the sea by kayak! Our reception team can arrange a kayak tour for in house guests to explore the beaches, bushland and vast areas of estuary that surround the area. This activity offers the perfect balance of fun, exercise, and discovery.
Photo credit: pittwaterkayaktours.com.au
8. Work on Your Swing
The Northern Beaches offers many stunning golf courses including the local Bayview Golf Club. A picturesque private golf club offering 18 holes hidden away among the rolling hills of the Peninsula. The course’s tree lined and undulating fairways are impressive and test
the skills of most golfers. Palm Beach Golf Club also boasts a world class 9-hole golf course located just minutes away from Jonah’s, nestled underneath the Barrenjoey Headland.
Photo credit: bayviewgolfclub.com.au
9. Relax & Unwind
If your idea of a holiday leans more toward slower paced activities, there is no shame in switching off by treating yourself to one of our in house spa treatments. Enquire with reception for the possibility to book an in room massage or beauty treatment with our trusted partners Purity Pacific. This is the ultimate way to relax, unwind and indulge…
Discover our Spa Menu here.
10. Salt & Sand
Keep it simple and enjoy what nature has to offer with a day spent at the secluded Whale Beach. This pristine stretch of golden sand tends to be less frequented than the popular Palm Beach and is the perfect spot for a relaxing day spent swimming, walking with the sand between your toes, or simply reading a book. We provide our guests with towels, chairs, and beach umbrellas on request.
All activities and services provided by Jonah’s are subject to availability. Please enquire with reception at email@example.com or 9974 5599.