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Patonga, NSW

A quiet little town with a wonderful beach for water sports, Patonga is an Aboriginal word meaning oyster. It is thought that Patonga Creek was named by Governor Phillip during his voyage of exploration to Broken Bay in 1789 because of the oysters they found there. Attractions include craft shops, surfing beach, tennis, scenic cruises and a peaceful ocean inlet.


Nestled on the western shore of the Hawkesbury River, about 70 kilometers north of Sydney, this peaceful little beachside town offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The beach is a popular spot for fishing and boating, and visitors can hire boats or kayaks to explore the nearby waterways. The village is surrounded by beautiful bushland, offering plenty of opportunities for hiking and bird watching.

Brisk Bay at Patonga Beach

The Patonga to Pearl Beach Coastal Walk is a scenic trail that winds along the coast between the villages of Patonga and Pearl Beach. The walk is approximately 8km long, and takes around 2-3 hours to complete.

Along the way, walkers will pass through a variety of coastal environments, including sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and bushland. The trail also provides access to several secluded beaches and coves that are only accessible on foot.

There is a ferry service run between Patonga and Palm Beach, and it is operated by the Boathouse Ferry Co as a seasonal service. The ferry runs several times a day during peak seasons, but the schedule may change depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

For accommodation, there are a variety of options available in Patonga, from camping and caravan sites to holiday houses and bed and breakfasts. Visitors can also stay at the Patonga Caravan and Camping Area, which offers a range of accommodation options, including cabins, tents and caravan sites.

Nearest Airport: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot

Where to stay?


  • Caravan and Camping
  • Nature based
  • Relaxation

Popular Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Sightseeing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Swimming
  • National Park
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife
  • Beach

About Patonga

  • Locality: Rural locality
  • Patonga Postcode: 2256
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Central Coast
  • Latitude: -33.54645
  • Longitude: 151.27119
  • Elevation: 98m
  • Population: 206
  • Median Income: $26208
  • Area (Sq/km): 18.099
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

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