Itinerary: Palm Beach to Ettalong via Wagstaffe

My Fast Ferry
My Fast Ferry

This high speed journey travels between Palm Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches to Wagstaffe and Ettalong Beach on the lower Central Coast peninsula. Aim to arrive at the ferry wharf early, during the peak holiday period the ferry can get fairly packed and you may also need extra time to find an off-street parking spot.

9:00 – Board the Fantasea Fast Ferry at Palm Beach for Wagstaffe

Departing roughly every hour, the journey from Palm Beach to Ettalong via Wagstaffe is one of the most picturesque in the world. Spanning across four waterways from Pittwater, Broken Bay, the Entrance to the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters, you’ll pass between the heads of Barrenjoey Headland and Box Head.

9:20 – Disembark at Wagstaffe

Slightly off the beaten track as you disembark from the ferry is the little-known residential town of Wagstaffe. Located on the Bouddi Peninsula and home to Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay, Killcare and Killcare Heights – a trip to Wagstaffe is almost a step back in time, with a General Store that functions as a café, newsagency and post office too. With known mobile blackspots, Wagtaffe and its stunning surrounds provide the perfect excuse to switch off from technology and get back to nature.

2:20 – Board the Fantasea Fast Ferry at Wagstaffe for Ettalong

2:30 – Disembark at Ettalong

Situated on the waterfront overlooking Lion Island and Broken Bay is Ettalong Beach. Curving along the tranquil waterway, this little enclave is perfect for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Here, you can discover the delights of the beach and its surrounds, from golden beaches and waterfront restaurants to beautiful waterways, superb boating and fishing, as well as great cycling. On the foreshore you’ll find barbecue facilities, a kid’s playground and a shared cycling and walking path. Plus, a short walk from the ferry wharf are markets, and southeast of Ettalong Beach, along Broken Bay are more beaches, Ocean Beach, Umina Beach and Pearl Beach.

5:30 – 6:00 – Board the Fantasea Fast Ferry at Ettalong for Palm Beach

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