Big sister to it’s smaller southern neighbour Avalon beach, Whale Beach has been a favourite among surfers for years. Both pretty and peaceful, Whale Beach is a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by. Driving here might be a good option if you have surf boards with you, but parking can get expensive and traffic can make the trip from the CBD very long, so the bus is a good alternative.
Famous for its surf breaks, the northern end is known as “The Wedge” and is a hot spot for surfers year round. Being a surf beach, the waves can be large, but there are calmer sections and the beach is patrolled on weekends, so you can safely swim between the flags. The reserve between the beach and the road, also has a picnic area and a playground for kids, and the trees here provide much needed shade making this a favourite for families. The beach is well set up with all the other facilities you need too – toilets, showers and BBQs. There is also an ocean pool at the south end for those who want to do a few laps before indulging in the picnic.
For your food and drink needs, there are a handful of cafes and delis nearby, including Milk and Soda for a cheap and cheerful meal, milkshakes and icecreams across the road from the beach. The Whale Beach Deli is also worth a visit, with a delicious array of mediteranean inspired meals just a little further up the hill. Whale Beach is also home to “The Big Swim”, run each year in January since 1974, which has competitors swim 13 kilometers from Palm Beach to Whale Beach. If you are lucky enough to be in town when this is on, get yourself here and get ready to enjoy an exciting day.