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The Paradise of Pittwawater & The Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

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by Caroleann (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes. I live in Manly and enjoy the outdoors. My interests are travel,Live Theatre,The Ballet,and restaurants that serve delicious innovative food. Enjoy my articles.
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.

The palm Beach Lighthouse New easy walking path Pittwater walks
The Palm Beach Lighthouse and walk


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.

Palm Beach Ferry terminal Views of pittwater
The Palm Beach Ferry Terminal


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.

Palm beach Palm Beach Lighthouse walk
Views of Palm beach and Pittwater taken from the walk on the way to the Lighthouse


There is a short walk along the beach from the carpark to the newly renovated path that leads to the lighthouse. There are a couple of houses that have a prime position at this point.

Palm Beach Light House walk.
Palm Beach where the start of the walk to the lighthouse starts


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.

Palm Beach Lighthouse walk the new trail
The newly constructed path on the walk to The Palm Beach Light House


The trail is all up hill, but is not hard to do. If you decide to do this walk take some water with you. There are many areas to rest while you enjoy the spectacular views.

Palm Beach Walk Glimpses of of water
water view of the water on the walk up to the Palm Beach Light House


Ocean views from a vantage point of the trail of the Palm Beach Lighthouse walk
Ocean views from the trail of the Palm beach Lighthouse walk


As you continue up the path, the lighthouse will come into view. There has been quite a lot of landscaping done around the lighthouse, but it appears there is still more to do.

Palm Beach Lighthouse
A view of Palm beach lighthouse viewed from the walking trail


Once you reach the top of the trail and onto the lighthouse, the views get even better. There are tours of the lighthouse on Sundays between 11am and 3pm.

Notice board with information of the history of the lighthouse.
A notice board with the history of the lighthouse


After you have taken in all the views, you can continue back on down the track. The downhill walk is very easy and again, you will see wonderful water views through the trees.

Track leadin down to the beach from the trail of the Palm beach lighthouse.
Views of Pittwater taken from the palm beach lighthouse trail.


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.

Sunset over Pittwater Palm beach
Sunset at Pittwater Palm beach


We choose the well known Barrenjoey House, which is a favourite of many. The food is good the decor interesting and the view from their outside terrace fantastic.

Barrenjoey restaurant and bar Palm beach
Barrenjoey house restaurant and bar Palm beach.


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.

Night light over Pittwater water ways
Night lights over Pittwater.
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Why? A wonderful day out lovely walk and scenery and meal
When: Most days any time
Phone: Kalahari discovery centre 02 9472 9300 and 9974 4001 for Barrenjoey House
Where: Palm beach Sydney
Cost: Free
Your Comment
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 : )
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