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Published November 7th 2014
Picturesque beach perfect for families and pets
Patonga Beach is a hidden gem at the southern end of the Central Coast, entirely surrounded by Brisbane Waters National Park. Although only 1.5 hours drive from bustling Sydney, this picturesque village feels a world away and is the perfect place for families to swim in the calm beach waters, play in the grass parkland and enjoy a picnic by the wharf.
The beach area at Patonga Beach has lovely calm water, perfect for children to paddle in, and also has a tree-shaded park area with some play equipment for out-of-water entertainment. For those that like to fish, throw in a line off the Patonga Ferry Wharf - you're sure to get a bite! You can also bring your pet dog to Patonga Beach, which allows dogs off leash in designated areas so your furry friends can also have a good run-around.
Places to Eat at Patonga Beach
Directly opposite the beach is the local 'fish 'n' chip' shop, serving locally caught fish and hand cut chips, the perfect accompaniment for a home-packed picnic. The fish 'n' chip shop also has a little cafe where you can get coffee, cakes, ice cream and other treats for the kids to top off a day on the beach.
Next door to the fish 'n' chip shop is the Patonga Beach Hotel where you can sit back in the outdoor bistro and take in the views of the the beach across the road while you enjoy a delicious pub meal. Patonga Beach Hotel also offers accommodation, directly opposite the beach, so you can make the most of your visit.
The menu includes the usual pub favorites such as a chicken schnitzel, fish and chips, buffalo wings, steak and burgers. There is also a fantastic selection of seafood - all either sourced locally or fresh from the Sydney Fish Markets. For dessert, there is a selection of house-made cakes that changes regularly - make sure you check out the blackboard for the daily selection.
How to get to Patonga Beach
Patonga Beach is about 1.5 hours drive from Sydney, an easy drive up the freeway (take the fist exit after the dinosour) or you can enjoy a meander along the Old Pacific Highway. Make the day even more special by catching the ferry from Palm Beach, which will take you direct to the Patonga Beach Wharf - along the way, catching some of the very best views of Sydney from the water. Check the ferry website for their current timetable.