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Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

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by Cat (subscribe)
Love waking up to go on an adventure. My motto is to collect memories not possessions. cscarfe@hotmail.com
Published September 26th 2015
Wonderful walk, Historic Lighthouse and Views
Barrenjoey Lighthouse is a must do for everyone who lives in or is visiting Sydney. Not only is it a building of historical importance, the Lighthouse is located 91m above sea level which naturally provides amazing views - this being the reason most people visit the Lighthouse. The current Lighthouse was built in 1881 from sandstone and fortunately for us the Lighthouse, its oil room and Keepers' Cottages were restored a short time ago and are now available for everyone to enjoy. Restoration works in some areas are still ongoing.

The Lighthouse is located on Barrenjoey Head, (Palm Beach), which is Sydney's most northern point. Palm Beach is an easy trip from Sydney and is a great place to bring overseas visitors they may even recognise the lighthouse from Home and Away!

The walk to the lighthouse begins at the base of Barrenjoey Headland. To get to the entrance of the walk you will need to travel across the foreshore of Pittwater for a little while. It is sandy so not really suitable for prams or wheelchairs. It does however make for a great start to the walk as the views across Pittwater are lovely.

Pittwater
Sandy Start to the Walk

There are two walk options - a moderate walk via an Access Trail (800 metres) or a slightly more adventurous walk, The Smugglers Track (400 metres). We decided to take the Smugglers Track which I think was a good option. The track looks harder than it is and is worth it for the outstanding views. It is well marked and our three year old managed it without many problems (albeit with a bit of complaining and no shoes by the end!).

Customs officers had the track built by convicts to monitor any smugglers bringing contraband into Broken Bay, thus the track's name.

Smugglers Track
Entry to the Smugglers Track

The track is a little steep and rocky. There are lots of steps and it is an ascent, so please keep this in mind before heading up. The views over Palm Beach are wonderful though. It took us around twenty minutes to reach the top with our three year old but could be done in ten minutes by reasonably fit adults.

Smugglers Track
Heading up!

Palm Beach
View of Palm Beach and Pittwater

Once at the top you will marvel at both the views and the buildings.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Keepers Cottage

Barrenjoey Lighthouse
The View!

Two wooden lighthouses originally stood further out on the headland - the original prism of one of the buildings still stands. If you take the track that starts to the left of the Lighthouse you will see where the original lighthouses stood.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Track
Barrenjoey Lighthouse Track


Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Site of the Original Lighthouses

For the trip down we used the access trail which (with recent restoration work) provided a nice walk, although of course it is steep in places.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Access Trail
Access Trail looking back at the Lighthouse

Guided tours are conducted every Sunday. Contact Kalkari Discovery Centre (9472 9300 or 9472 9301) for more information.

There is no water or toilets at the Lighthouse so take drinks and food with you. There are toilets at the Council carpark at the base of the Headland.

Access to the base of Barrenjoey Head is via Barrenjoey Road. You can also park here for $3.40 per hour. Please note parking is patrolled.

While you are at Palm Beach you should of course enjoy all the area has to offer - find heaps of suggestions here!
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Why? Wonderful historic building with views
Phone: (02) 9472 8949
Where: Barrenjoey Headland, Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach
Cost: Free, with paid parking
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