Pretty Governor Phillip Park is about as far as you can get your car north along Sydney’s shoreline. If you want to go further it is by foot up to Barrenjoey Head, the dominating feature of Palm Beach’s skyline. Palm Beach is the location for the television show, ‘Home and Away’s’ Summer Bay. Even the Surf Life Saving buggy has Summer Bay plastered across its bumper – just in case you didn’t know. Although I am grateful for all the wonderful Aussie talent that the show has turned out, I’m not a fan. Instead I’m here to absorb the posh and ‘I’m-still-in-Sydney-although-it-feels-like-I-am-a-million-miles-away’ vibe. Dunes Kiosk and Restaurant is in Governor Phillip Park just behind the ‘Summer Bay’ Surf Life Saving Club. It doesn’t have ocean views but is a sweet spot nonetheless. The Kiosk is attached to the pricey restaurant and has enough seating that’s either undercover, out on the grass (good for dogs), or in little cute beach booths. The scone is more bread roll than scone and is very ordinary. A shame a chef from next door can’t rustle up a batch of scones. The fresh cream is so light it almost dissolves mid-air and the single tiny sachet of jam is a joke for the size of the scone. I wish they would go easy on the cardboard; my tea doesn’t need two cups, especially since I am dining in. Their waste collection must be colossal!
Tea: A small selection of T2 pyramid teabags served in a paper takeaway cup.
Overall: Very disappointing quality but top points for the lovely location.