Salty air and surfboard-laden bicycles characterize Avalon, a far-north neighborhood that feels decades away from Sydney’s business district. Avalon trades the look of the city for the stretch of the coast, a sandy line between the neighborhood’s friendly cafes and the ocean’s easy waves. Its famously laid-back lifestyle might have something to do with its relative inaccessibility—there’s a notable lack of public transport to this preeminent destination, but the adventure to Avalon is worth it.See 38 places to stay Save this neighborhood
On the Map
Avalon is bordered by Palm Beach
A Coastal Town with Refined Taste
Avalon is about 1.5 hours north of Sydney and is a famous spot for Sydney-siders to go and retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city."
Avalon's Seaside Cafe Culture
Hire a "tinnie" (small aluminium boat), to explore secluded beaches on the Pittwater, dine at the fabulous Boathouse Restaurant, enjoy sundowners and fish and chips at Barrenjoey House, or simply just escape and explore nature's secluded paradise."
Quiet Lifestyles Along the Shore
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David Maurice Smith is a Canadian photographer based in Sydney whose work focuses on travel, reportage, and long-term documentary stories. He is drawn to personal stories and is fascinated by the circumstances that are reflected in each of us. He works hard to visually explore and explain the inspiring, tragic, or somewhere in-between… In 2012 David joined Australia's prestigious Photographic Collective, Oculi.