Getting to Broken Bay, Pittwater, the Hawkesbury River and Cowan Creek.


Newport, the first town on the Pittwater Peninsula, is about 40 kilometres north of Sydney's international airport. If you are arriving at Sydney's international airport, there are four ways to get to the Northern Beaches; shuttle bus, municipal bus, taxi, or rental car.

1. Shuttle Bus. When you exit the customs clearance hall there are signs pointing to the public bus depot. Just follow the signs for shuttle bus services and look for the Collaroy Airport Transfers shuttle bus - they work approximately 17 hours a day. Their minimum fare is from $25 one way.

Northside Shuttles run approximately 14 hours (5am – 8pm) and are $35 minimum one way fare. A second person has a cheaper rate.

2. Municipal Bus. Airport Express Bus 300 goes from the airport to the city (Wynyard would be the best disembarkation point) $7 one way $12 return. Change at Wynyard ror bus L90 or L88 to Newport $4.60 each way.

3. Taxi. On departure from the customs area there are signs for the taxi ranks. A metered taxi will take you directly to your destination. Cost is about Aus$85.

4. Rental Car. Depending on your plans, a rental car can be a very good idea. You can reserve a car over the Internet and it will be waiting for you at the airport. Or you can rent one at the airport car rental area in the arrivals lounge (but you'll get a better deal over the Internet).

Be sure to ask the rental car agency for a map showing the route to the northern beaches. It is actually a simple bit of navigation. You only have to identify and make three turns.

Driving Directions

The first (and most critical) turn comes when you exit the airport parking lot and start driving. There is a confusing intersection and it looks like you should just go straight up onto a ramp that seems to be a continuation of the road you are on. You need to take the less likely Airport Drive that curves off to the right, under the overpass, and follows along the edge of the airfield.

The next critical turn is a left turn onto the Southern Cross Highway (Route 1). This is divided highway that goes through Sydney to the north shore via the Harbour Tunnel. Once you get onto it, stay in the middle lane so you don't get caught up in an exit ramp into the city.

Once you come out of the Harbour Tunnel onto the north shore you will find yourself on a wide expanse of some 4 or 5 lanes. About a kilometer later slide over to the left and then take the exit ramp to Falcon Street (Route 10). Stay on the right side of the 2 lane exit ramp and turn right on the top of the ramp towards Mosman.

That's it. The road twists and turns and changes from Route 10 to Route 14 and the name of the road changes to Pittwater Road and then Barrenjoey Road, but if you simply avoid turning off it, you will wind up in Newport, the gateway to the Pittwater and Broken Bay peninsula.

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