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My Debut In Summer Bay – After All These Years!

My Debut In Summer Bay – After All These Years!

Since I was a little girl, I have been watching Home and Away. Every night I would sit down after dinner and enjoy those 30 minutes of my favourite characters. I dreamt that one day, I too would be starring on Home and Away in Summer Bay.

The excitement, the joy and the heartache they endured kept me coming back night after night. Even now I watch it as often as possible, most of the time it is through Prime7 catch up but I still watch it nonetheless.

Summer Bay

The iconic Home and Away sights

Over the weekend we thought we would go and have an adventure somewhere new. We love getting out in nature and taking on climbs and hiking to see what areas have to offer. This time we decided to take the 2.5 hour drive from the Hunter Valley to Palm Beach.

Summer Bay

We ventured far and wide. We wanted to see as much of the iconic landmarks as we could. Naturally we first went and had a look at the ‘Pier Diner’, which is actually called The Boat House. From the outside it looks the same but inside was nothing alike. It was a little disappointing to be honest. We walked out on the jetty to really soak in everything there was to offer. Oh Alf’s bait shop is also there but it is really a boat hire place.

Location: Barrenjoey Boathouse, Palm Beach NSW 2108. For easy directions click for Google maps >> Summer Bay Pier Diner.

Summer Bay

Moving on from there, we had to go and see the Summer Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. The beach is exactly as you see it on screen. The sand is soft (I high five all the actors who have to run on it in the show, tough going!), the water is clear and the view is just amazing. We stopped and let the kids play and build sand castles while we watched the lifesavers train. The lifeguard surf rescue four wheelers even have Summer Bay written on them!

Location: North Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Beach Rd, Palm Beach NSW 2108. For easy directions click for Google maps >> Summer Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.

Summer Bay
Just like thousands of other Home and Away fans who have been to Palm Beach before us, we couldn’t resist getting a photo with the Summer Bay signs. Unfortunately the club was closed so there was no chance of getting a gelato from John Palmer (very disappointed I must say. Hahaha)

Summer Bay

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Once we saw everything there was to see on the beach, we decided we would head to Barrenjoey Headland and check out the lighthouse. It was a great walk that took us and all of the kids about 1.5 hours (round trip), that is including the time we spent just looking around the Barrenjoey Lighthouse at the top.

Location: Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach, NSW, 2108. For easy directions click for Google maps >> Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

Barrenjoey lighthouse

The sight was breathtaking and highly recommend it to anyone heading that way!

Barrenjoey lighthouse

Ok. So my debut in Summer Bay may not have been exactly what I dreamt of. I didn’t appear on TV (not that I want to anymore) but I was there! I walked in the sand, stopped by the local hangouts and enjoyed a gorgeous day with my family.

How did you spend your weekend?
Have you ever been to Palm Beach aka Summer Bay?

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18 Comments

  1. 08/08/2016 / 6:44 am

    I don’t watch Summer Bay but I think it was a worthwhile trek regardless – it’s so lovely there. We go sometimes…

  2. 08/08/2016 / 7:30 am

    What a fun experience! I’ve never visited, but it would be interesting matching all the places up with what they look like on TV.

  3. 08/08/2016 / 7:41 am

    I have never watched Home and Away! Glad you discovered all those fun places though.
    I have visited Ramsey Street from Neighbours here in Melbourne. Not quite as exciting as a beach though. (I don’t watch Neighbours either.) I do love watching Rake on the ABC, but that’s got nothing to do with anything! Better get up now…

  4. 08/08/2016 / 7:42 am

    I haven’t been to Palm Beach for over a year even though I live on the Northern Beaches. You’ve inspired me to go for a drive up there on the next sunny day that coincides with one of my off work days.

  5. 08/08/2016 / 9:41 am

    Yes I have been to Palm Beach many times as I grew up on the Northern Beaches. My most recent trip was when we last lived in Sydney’s west and I was going over to see my dad so i detoured (a long one as Palmy is so remote…) and visited to take some pics and soak up the memories. Not of Home and Away but I recall when it started in the ‘very olden days’. We visited the town where country practice was made all those years ago as it was closer to home, and the scenes were very familiar to those living in the Hawkesbury area.

  6. 08/08/2016 / 10:24 am

    My friend’s Nan had a house near ‘Summer Bay’ and when we were in high school we would spend some of our school holidays there. I haven’t been back there since high school, but I think my mother-inlaw would love for us to take her {I think she might be the biggest Home and Away fan out there}.

  7. 08/08/2016 / 10:34 am

    Stone the flamin’ crows that looks amazing! I haven’t watched Home and Away since my teen years but the thrill of being on set would be incredible. It looks like a beautiful beach.

  8. 08/08/2016 / 11:09 am

    I am also a big summer bay fan!!! Would have been great if you could have seen them filming. Sorry it didn’t live up to your expectations but it looks like a beautiful place all the same.

  9. 08/08/2016 / 11:29 am

    I haven’t watched Home and Away since Shane died but I would still love to check out Summer Bay! My friend got a job working at the hospital where they filmed A Country Practice which was exciting. I am a sucker for tv and movie locations. When we were in NYC, it was fun location spotting!

  10. 08/08/2016 / 11:41 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Palm Beach too. I was obsessed with home and away when I was younger. Haven’t made it there yet though, maybe one day.

  11. 08/08/2016 / 12:24 pm

    It’s been many, many years since I watched Home and Away, back to the days when Dieter Brummer played Shane. I haven’t been to Palm Beach but it looks lovely!

  12. 08/08/2016 / 2:03 pm

    What a FUN experience. I don’t watch Home & Away anymore but I used to be addicted to it. Would love to see Summer Bay in the flesh!!

  13. 08/08/2016 / 2:43 pm

    Love this! I was totally roped in thinking you’d scored an extra role! 😀
    I grew up on the Central Coast and we’d always take visiting friends from the UK across on the ferry from Patonga lol! We saw Will, Haylie and Irene filming back in 1999! 😀 (Bec Hewitt and Zac Drayson).
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. xx

  14. 08/08/2016 / 3:02 pm

    Oh, Summer Bay! I used to watch it all the time in the 90’s, it was so good back then. Not sure what’s happened to it now!

  15. 08/08/2016 / 4:33 pm

    I watched H & A religiously as a teenager too! It’s such an iconic location isn’t it? Great for an adventure.

  16. 09/08/2016 / 5:36 pm

    I didn’t make the linkup. Having one of those weeks.

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