Today was paradise. Not only did I visit one of the most beautiful, peaceful beaches I’d ever visited, but I was also surrounded by plethora of Aussie hunks. All that was missing was a bottle of prosecco on ice. If you thought Manly Beach was glorious, check out Palm Beach.
Welcome to Palm Beach, AKA Summer Bay if you’re a fan of arguably the best soap to come out of Australia – Home and Away.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me familiarise you… Home & Away is a soap (not known for particularly the finest acting or storylines!), but for its incredible setting and good looking characters. In fact, Home and Away has launched the acting careers of so many high profile celebs – think Heath Ledger, Liam and Chris Hemsworth, Luke Mitchell, Ryan Kwanten, Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher, and Danni Minogue. The list goes on, and I’m sure it’s set to continue!
Although we’d planned to visit Palm Beach simply to gaze at the stunningly beautiful and familiar beach my Mum and I had so often pined at through the telly, we got a little more than we bargained for.
We’d wondered on the 3 hour trip down to this stunning area of coast from Sydney whether we’d get a glimpse of any of the characters, but we weren’t expecting to see half the cast! Upon arrival, we were greeted by a bunch o characters (Marilyn, Casey, Roo, and Irene if you’re a viewer) rehearsing scenes. And what an office they have!
We were actually quite surprised at how many times the cast have to repeat scenes if they’re not quite right. It got a little boring after a while, so we went exploring.
It was so strange seeing somewhere familiar after watching the programme on telly over years throughout my life, and I can assure you that in reality it’s far more beautiful! Although it does take a while to reach this area from Sydney’s CBD, the good public transport links and views make it extremely worth a visit.
It’s pretty incredible that this area is still known as Sydney when it’s three hours outside of the city! In the UK, you could probably drive through at least three separate cities in that time. It was apparently chosen as the set of the soap, not just for its scenery, but for this very reason – in the hope of discretely filming (until folk like us turn up!)
Palm Beach is known as being a particularly wealthy and desirable region and you can see why if you visit. The cast clearly love it too – and why wouldn’t you?
The lighthouse is known as Barrenjoey. Although we’d have loved to have trekked up the hill to get a great view, we simply didn’t get enough time. If you visit, make sure you do! The views are meant to be pretty special.
After some wondering, we met the legendary character, Irene – a lovely lady in real life too!
Checked out some of the show’s props.
Met another character.
And checked out more of the scenery.
Even if you’ve never heard of the show, or aren’t a fan, make sure you visit the gorgeous beach. It really is an incredible area that’s so tranquil in comparison to the occasional craziness of Sydney.
I ended the day with my new obsession – white chocolate Tim Tams. You Aussies are lucky, they’re incredible! If only they were shipped worldwide.
Have you visited Palm Beach? What did you think?