If your looking for an outdoor adventure on the weekend, look no further than Barrenjoey Head.
Located at the north end of Palm Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches, Barrenjoey Head has been the home of Barrenjoey Lighthouse since 1881 and is listed on the heritage list. If you love the idea of a little Sydney history, then I definitely recommend checking it out.
View of Palm Beach from the top of Barrenjoey Head
Parking is available nearby for a small fee, or there is public transport available also. There are no toilet facilities up on the headland, so I suggest making use of the public toilets near the car parking area before you start. Once you reach the bottom of the headland, you will have two choices for the walk to the top. The Access trail is a 1km easy track, that will provide you with impressive views on your way up.
For those of you who want more of a challenge, there is the Smugglers track. It was named after the customs officers who constructed the track in approximately 1850 to monitor smugglers attempting to bring contraband through into Broken Bay. The Smugglers track is a short but steep hike to the top of Barrenjoey Head, but apparently it's not as hard as it looks.
When you arrive at the top, no matter which track you choose, you can take in breathtaking views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Palm Beach, the Central Coast and Broken Bay. If your lucky enough, you might get to experience a bit of whale watching too, it's a known spot for frequent whale visits, so bring your binoculars and cameras!
Kalkari Discovery Centre offer tours of the Barrenjoey Lighthouse every Sunday 11am - 3pm, provided there is no nasty weather conditions. It comes at a low cost of $5 per adult and $2 per child and runs for around 30 minutes. If you forget to bring cash with you, don't worry there is also Barrenjoey House which has no entry fee. Visitors are able to walk through and see what the last lighthouse keeper of Barrenjoey called home. The building has been kept as original as possible and it holds some amazing historic features, including stories and photos.
View of Broken Bay and the Central Coast from the other side of the headland
If your still not satisfied and want more out of your trip to Palm Beach, you can check out the Summer Bay Surf Lifesaving Club from the Australian television show Home & Away. Or perhaps you could make use of the BBQ and picnic areas with family before having a swim at Palm Beach, provided the weather is warm of course.
Overall, Barrenjoey Head offers a great day out, whether your a local that's experienced it before or a first timer, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy what this spectacular location in Sydney has to offer.