Palm Beach


Far northern beachside suburb on the Barrenjoey Peninsula. It was named after the cabbage tree palms which were common in the area.

Barrenjoey Head 2004

Palm Beach

by Virginia Macleod, 2008 Creative Commons License

Traditionally owned by the Guringai people, Palm Beach became a haunt of smugglers and fishermen after Europeans arrived, until the customs house, and subsequently the lighthouse, brought shipping under more control. In the early twentieth century the land was sold for holiday and second homes, reached by ferry. It only gradually became the playground for the rich that it is today.
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Palm Beach demographics

Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach c1900-1910
Beach culture at Palm Beach 1960s
Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach 2009
Palm Beach to Barrenjoey Headland 2008
After a surf at Palm Beach, a sun bath c1926-1928