Access: L90 bus from Wynyard to Palm Beach and get off for the Palm Beach Ferry
Fuel Stop: Palm Beach General Store on the Palm Beach side, Ettalong Market (on Sat/Sun/Mon Public Holiday), along West St in Umina Beach or picnic at the foreshore
Duration: This is a full day tour and is best done on weekends, and early. The Ettalong Market is open 9am-4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday Mondays.
Please check the time table for the Palm Beach Ferry and be aware, you will need to buy a ticket for the ferry on board. The rest of the trip can be done on Opal, so on a Sunday, that’s a $2.50 bargain for you.
Get the L90 bus from Wynyard Station, Carrington St, Stand B (a 90 minute trip) and get off at Barrenjoey Rd Near Palm Beach Wharf. If you miss a ferry, grab a coffee at the Palm Beach General Store or have a seat (and feed the ducks). Get on the ferry, pay your fare, and get off at Ettalong. Go to the Ettalong Markets if open, otherwise walk along the foreshore. You should see lots of pelicans. There are barbecues, so if you brought supplies, you can fire up a barbie by the ocean, or you can go to IGA to buy them. If you don’t feel like a picnic, keep walking along the ocean along The Esplanade. There is some nice fauna on the beach and anywhere is a good spot to park yourself for some views and some ocean breezes. Once you hit Umina Beach, turn right up Norman St and turn left into West St. There are shops, bakeries, and a Woolworths as well as ALDI. The 55 and 57 bus from West St will take you to Gosford or Woy Woy Stations. From there you can catch the train back to Sydney.
I sometimes prefer doing this trip in reverse, just ensure you get to Ettalong before the last ferry leaves, which is usually 5.30pm. To do this, put “Central” to “Umina Beach” into your Opal app or Google Maps and check the best connections. Go to The Esplanade and walk along the foreshore to Ettalong. Catch the ferry from there to Palm Beach. As ferries are less frequent in the evening, there may only be a 3:30 and a 5:30pm ferry, so ensure you get there in time for it and buy a ticket on the ferry. In Palm Beach, grab the L90 bus back to Sydney.