Sydney, Pittwater YHA

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Things to do in Sydney, Pittwater YHA

Kayak and picnic around the beautiful Morning Bay. Bushwalk to lookouts, aboriginal engraving sites, and waterfalls. See native animals in their natural setting. Try twilight sailing or just doing nothing! The bushland and the azure backdrop of Pittwater's bays have attracted YHA hostel users since World War II.

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$7.50 Church point ferry

Visit other parts of the western shore and Scotland Island

When:
Daily - refer to ferry schedule
Where:
Board at Church Point wharf

$16 Kayaking

Kayak to the bays and beaches of Pittwater. Get lost in the mangroves. Kayak to visit other parts of the National Park and aboriginal engraving sites.

When:
All daylight hours
Where:
Book at reception

$40 Palm beach ferry

Day tours over Pittwater, the Hawkesbury and Cowan waterway to Bobbin Head.Day tours over Pittwater, the Hawkesbury and Cowan waterway to Bobbin Head.

When:
Friday to Monday & school holidays
Where:
Board at Palm Beach public wharf

$59 Sailing

Local sailing school, All Sail, offers introductory sailing courses and to join in on twilight races. Single twilight crew spot from $59 per person.

When:
By arrangement - subject to availability call All Sail on (02) 9979 6266 for details
Where:
Pick up from ferry wharf at Church Point

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FREE things to do in Pittwater

  1. Bush walk to lookouts, aboriginal engraving sites and other bays of Pittwater
  2. Wildlife spotting: Wallabies often graze around the hostel; possums and bandicoots are out at night; birdlife is abundant; and goannas are amble across the terraces in warmer months.
  3. Sunrise walk – see the making sun from a sandstone rock shelf overlooking Pittwater and beyond to the Tasman Sea
  4. Full moon walk when timing coincides
  5. Mountain Bike the trails of the National Park (Yes, you can get here by mountain bike from West Head Road)
  6. Fishing – bring a fishing line and try for a king fish, a bream or a flathead
  • Must do activities: Kayaking in the warmer months is definitely a must. We went across the bay to a little beach. The kids got to look at the mangroves and crabs. Next time, we intend to go along the bay to find the waterfall. We also went for a little hike behind the YHA to these awesome boulders. It has fantastic views of the bay. We didn't go for long walks as we had 5/6 year old children with us. Transport As I'm from the Eastern Suburbs, it would have been quite a trek with backpacks and a 6-year old. So I opted to drive to Pittwater instead. I was lucky to find parking on Eastview Road (as suggested by the YHA) and there is no time limit. Alternatively, I understand there's parking about 10 minutes walk away from the ferry wharf (in the residential areas). The parking by the wharf is only 4 hours.
    Angeline F

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