The three Bs – beach, bush and bay – sum up the relaxed, outdoor lifestyle that is Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches. Framed by bustling, vibrant Manly in the south and exclusive Palm Beach (where the TV Show ‘Home and Away’ is filmed) in the north, this spectacular 30km-long peninsula contains 22 glorious sandy beaches; three national parks; and numerous lakes, bays, basins and river waterways for fun (and escape).

Having the car made it easy for us to drive along the length of the Northern Beaches, calling into many of them on our way.  We ended up spending most of the afternoon at Whale Beach, with it’s clean golden sand and lovely rockpools.  It was the perfect place to enjoy a summer’s day picnic before plunging into the sea to dodge the waves!