Avalon

Oceanside calm on the outskirts of Sydney.

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.

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On the Map

Avalon is bordered by Palm Beach

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

International Airport: 1 hour 45 minutes by car without traffic
Central Station: 45 minutes by car
Opera House / Circular Quay: 1 hour 15 minutes by car
Bondi Beach: 1 hour 20 minutes by car

A Coastal Town with Refined Taste

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A northern beachside suburb, Avalon feels inviting in its isolation from the clamor of the city.

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In Avalon, surf culture and cafe culture converge.

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Residents spend long mornings enjoying long breakfasts and long afternoons perusing local bookstores and surf shops.

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They like their not-so-secret seclusion in Sydney's outer suburbs.

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It gives them plenty of space to explore the tide pools and take off on any wave.

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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

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Avalon Parade and Old Barenjoey Road fill with cafes, restaurants, and the locals that patronage them.

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Each space seems to reflect the personality of its persons.

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Beachside Boutiques

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Bookstores, boutiques, and home furnishing shops shimmy alongside Avalon's cafes on Old Barenjoey and Avalon Parade.

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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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Once a holiday destination for city-living Sydneysiders, Avalon's laid-back lifestyle now attracts year-round residents.

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Its pristine beaches, rideable waves, and endless opportunities for recreation possess undeniable allure.

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Oceanside swimming pools and Palmgrove Park's hiking trails promise off-the-beach entertainment.

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Early Birds

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The Avalon Rock Pool lets you freestyle without getting roughed up by the waves.

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In Avalon, the earlier the better.

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Sunrise mornings mean more time to spend in the neighborhood.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

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.

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