I live on the northern beaches of Sydney and enjoy discovering little known great places to visit
Published July 6th 2013
Walking to the top of a lookout always seems to involve a lot of steep steps and near exhaustion by the time you get there.
At Beacon Hill you are in for a pleasant surprise. Governor Phillip Lookout can be accessed by a bush covered walkway within five minutes from the carpark. The lookout was created in 1934 to commemorate Governor Phillips first overland exploration from Manly to Pittwater. On the short trip to the lookout It is not unusual to hear a whip bird or see other birdlife on the way. Your reward at the top is a stunning 180 degree view from Collaroy through to Manly and Sydney CBD and beyond. Take along a coffee or a picnic lunch. There are several seats from which to enjoy the view for as long as you like.
You may now feel inspired to do a little exploring of your own. The walk can be extended by taking a sandstone gravel track that leads down to playing fields.