Monday, May 17, 2010

Walk to Barrenjoey Lighthouse & Lunch at The Boathouse

I snatched the opportunity a couple of weeks back now, to enjoy a day off, a gorgeous Autumn sunny day at Palm Beach.
Enjoying one of my favourite walks in Sydney, the walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach, followed by a visit to "The Boathouse" for lunch with a friend!(a girl like me so needs someone to chat too!!)
We parked our car just near the golf course at Palm Beach, in the council car park. We walked along the water's edge, on the Pittwater side, right to the Northern end, below the Lighthouse. The entry to the walk is sign posted, it takes about twenty minutes to get to the top, it is an easy climb, and seeing the majestic lighthouse and the breathtaking coastal views from the top, really make it worth your while.
Upon our descent, we experienced lunch at "The Boathouse", I say experienced, as, if you take the time to take it all in, it is a beautiful foodie & interiors experience to be had.

Perched on the edge of the water, alongside the jetty, where the seaplanes arrive and depart, it is the most gorgeous little place to visit. It would be especially fun if you had someone visiting Sydney and you wanted to show off the Northern Beaches to them.
Everywhere you look inside and out there is something pretty about the Boathouse. As we entered there is an array of fresh produce and flowers for sale, inside gorgeous floral arrangements, succulent displays, and recycled furnishings. As well as fun touches like the splash of red salt & pepper grinders and what were once crab pots, now used as light shades hanging from the ceilings.

It is open for breakfast 7.30am to 12noon and then for lunch 12noon to 3pm, with an extensive menu for both. You are unable to book, which seems to be the growing trend these days, so we arrived right on 12noon, when the lunch menu begins. Being a Tuesday we easily scored a lovely table on the enclosed verandah at the rear overlooking the water.

It took a little while for us to decide what to have, there was so much on offer. The open kitchen which is visible to all, as you read the blackboard menu, order and pay, looked full of eager staff and very organised.
I had a "Pan fried Tuna fillet with sesame edge, white anchovies & a cucumber tomato & panzanella salad" $29,

my friend had their "Thai Beef salad" $19 both were lovely.

Another popular dish served at surrounding tables was the "Local beer battered flathead & chips served with housemade tartare + lemon wedges" $19 and came served in a rustic wooden box (I restrained myself from asking the people at the nearest table, if I could photograph their lunch too!!!)
In house made cakes and desserts were also on offer, as well as coffees and a licensed bar.
It is a must visit for a weekend breakfast or brunch too I'd imagine, however you may have to be willing to be patient for a table. Perhaps bring your walking shoes as well, for a quick trip up to the Lighthouse and back, just in case you need to kill a little time while waiting.
The Boathouse Palm Beach
Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach 2108
Telephone 02 9974 3868

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