A sleepy beachside hamlet off-season, turns into a thriving holiday hot spot peak-season!
Pacific Palms, a few hours north of Sydney, is the name given to the strip of the mid-north coast from Tarbuck Bay to Tiona Park. It is a holiday area of small settlements which are mostly for holidaymakers and those lucky enough to have retired to the area. It has a general ambience of relaxation.
Fishing is a popular pastime, with rewards of tailor, bream, whiting and mulloway. The headlands and rocks are good for drummer, blackfish, bream and tailor, the lakes for bream, whiting and flathead and Charlotte Head is the best spot for land-based anglers looking for tuna and kingfish.
Boomerang Beach has a great selection of accommodation for rent. It is Pacific Palms' best surfing beach, with rock ledges helping to form great waves. The beach is actually "boomerang"-shaped and is ideal for swimming, with protection from prevailing winds at either end.
Blueys Beach is nestled between Sandbar Beach and Boomerang. It has pristine white sand and crystal clear water and the beachfront houses are exactly that. There is no roadway between them and the sand.
The village has the essentials real estate agent, bottle shop, delicatessen, video rentals, surf shop, pharmacy, general store, fishing supply shop, takeaway and a clothing shop.
Elizabeth Beach is the family beach in the area. It is one of the few northerly-facing beaches on Australia's east coast, lies within the Booti Booti state recreation area and has no houses. There is beach patrol on weekends and school holidays and it has one of the few ocean launching ramps for boats in the region.
You can camp in comfort in a cabin or caravan in one of a number of parks or if you want to be at one with nature, pitch your tent in a caravan park or national park.
There are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy, as well as restaurants and a couple of clubs if you fancy a night out. Local oysters are delicious, fresh from the Wallis Lakes.
Oceanside at Boomerang Beach has two buildings, with 16 two-bedroom apartments. Main bedrooms have double or queen bed and the second has two singles or one single and double bunk. First-floor apartments have a balcony and ground floor have patios. All units have television, washing and drying machines and dishwasher. Some have microwaves, videos and barbecues. Winter rates are $460 for a week and $390 for a weekend.
Northpoint on Blueys has two apartments. One has three bedrooms and is multi-level with perfect sea views. The main bedroom has a queen bed, the others have a double bed and double bunk. You have to supply your own linen.
There is a television, video and CD player, as well as dishwasher and microwave. It has one bathroom, extra toilet, laundry, off-street parking and barbecue. It rents for $820 a week in winter and $570 for a weekend.
Lizzie Beach House on Elizabeth Beach enjoys views of that beach and Shelley Beach. It has an ultra-modern kitchen and is beautifully furnished. The main bedroom has two double beds and spa ensuite and the other two bedrooms each have two single beds. There is a separate laundry with washing and drying machines, television, video, barbecue and garage. It costs $1200 a week or $800 for a weekend. Linen and champagne breakfast are included.