I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes.
I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published March 7th 2016
Not just a walk a beautiful; one with beauty of nature
Last Sunday I drove with a friend from Manly to Palm Beach. After enjoying the picturesque scenery of Pittwater, we continued on the walk up the newly reconstructed trail to the Barrenjoey Light House.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse was built in 1881 and is an iconic Sydney attraction on the heritage list.
We made a stop before getting to the lighthouse at a friend's apartment. The photographs below were from their balcony. The view is spectacular looking over Pittwater. This has to be one of the most beautiful areas of Sydney.
I have always felt a holiday atmosphere come over me when passing Avalon and coming along Barrenjoey rd to the Ferry Terminal that services Pittwater. The ferries service the Basin, which has a lovely camping area and swimming facilities. Also Patonga, which has a wonderful hotel situated right in front of the ferry wharf. It has a lovely beer garden where they serves a great lunch.
Continuing along Barrenjoey rd, you will turn a corner which comes to Palm Beach. You can then drive into a gate on your left which will lead you down to a carpark. You have the calm waters of Pittwater on one side and the ocean on the other. The photo below shows this scene clearly once you start walking up the trail to the lighthouse.
Views of Palm beach and Pittwater taken from the walk on the way to the Lighthouse
Here you will find the start of the walk. This was not so long ago a very rough trail only for the very fit. The trail was constructed from large blocks of sandstone layed by the convicts many moons ago.
The transformation is incrediable as all the large blocks of sandstone have been broken down and made into a smooth attractive walking trail. This has taken over two years to complete.
The newly constructed path on the walk to The Palm Beach Light House
A great thing to do in the twilight after you come down from your walk is to stay around and enjoy the sunset over pittwater.
When we finished our walk, we then took a stroll along the beach. The night sky was turning into a picture of glorious colour. We made our way back to the ferry wharf on Barrenjoey rd. As it was 6pm we then decided to stop for dinner and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
So if you have a chance, take the time to go to Pittwater for a delightful day out. You will enjoy the experience see some fantastic views followed by a wonderful walk up to an iconic Australian attraction. If time permits stay on to enjoy a good meal with nice views. This will be a perfect end to a perfect day.
Thanks Caroleann. This is great to know about the renovated trail. I attempted to walk to the Lighthouse from the beach once. It was tough going through the sand, so I gave up half-way. Time for me to try again. Joanne Jennifer : )