Pearl Beach is 93km north of the centre of Sydney, and around 68km from the start of the M1 freeway at Wahroonga. While most people travel to Pearl Beach by car, a combination of train and bus will also get you there.
The nearest train station is at Woy Woy. From there, a daily bus service (Route 54) runs (albeit infrequently) to and from Pearl Beach. Alternatively, taxis are available from the station.
Things to do
Pearl Beach is a beautiful, secluded and peaceful village at the southern extreme of the Central Coast region of New South Wales.
The beach itself is 1.1km long. The southern half is exceptionally well protected from wind and swell by Green Point, and includes a seawater pool. It is ideal for young children; swimming long, uninterrupted laps; kayaking; or paddle boarding.
Moving north, the beach becomes progressively more exposed and the water depth drops off quickly. If a SE swell is running, the waves at the mid to northern end can be treacherous.
The village of Pearl Beach is predominantly flat – ideal for leisurely walks or for cycling (bring your own bikes!).
There are a range of fire trails that are also very popular for walking and mountain biking. In particular, the Pearl Beach to Patonga Fire Trail that runs off Crystal Avenue (it’s part of the Great North Walk) is a challenging and rewarding walk. Make sure you stop at Warrah Lookout to take in the spectacular Broken Bay and Hawkesbury views. Another great lookout is north of the town (Mt Ettalong Lookout). Turn off Patonga Drive at the water reservoir and follow the track to the parking area.
Fishing – off the beach, but particularly off the southern rocks – is very popular. Bream, whiting, tailor and flathead are often caught.
The town is renown for the Crommelin Native Aboretum, which can be accessed from the carpark at the end of Opal Close. This is a 5.5 hectare santuary for flora and includes wetlands, some rainforest as well as grassed areas. There are well established trails for visitors, and every March since 2006, an outdoor Opera has been held there.
There are tennis courts alongside the Aboretum, also in Opal Close.
Nearby to Pearl Beach, other attractions include the Patonga Pub, the Patonga and Ettalong ferries, Cinema Paradiso in Ettalong, and a range of beaches and waterways.
A bit of history……..
Pearl Beach was named by Clive Staples, who developed the town in the 1920’s. It was named after the pearl sized pebbles that were often to be found on the beach at that time. The local street names continue the precious stones theme. The first road into the village (which followed the northern shoreline) was built in 1925, and the first land sale registered in 1927.
For a much, much longer time the Gurrungai Aboriginal people inhabited Pearl Beach and its surrounds.