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Grotto Point Lookout

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by Diana (subscribe)
Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published February 12th 2016
The irregularity of Sydney Harbour gives the craggy coastline its remarkable beauty. There are several lookout points overhanging the coast for us mortals to take some time out of our busy lives and get lost in the admirable beauty of nature. One such lookout is Grotto Point.

Grotto Point
Grotto Point Lookout with view of the Tasman Sea

Grotto Point
Grotto Point Lookout

Grotto Point
The Trail Head

A part of the Sydney Harbour National Park, the trail to Grotto Point begins at the end of Barrabooka street in Clontarf. Although a small stretch of about 600 metres, the trail is partly rocky, falling and rising frequently. After a heavy downpour, the unpaved track gets muddy and slippery, taking almost twenty minutes to cover the distance (as it did the day we went). It is a deviation from the Manly Scenic Walkway towards the Grotto Point Lighthouse.

Grotto Point
The Manly Scenic Walkway

Grotto Point
The Trail

Grotto Point
The Rocky Coastline below

Thick brushwood lines the entire path. Attracted to the wild flowers (Crowea, Banksia, Thysanotus, Epacris and many more), we made numerous stops to take pictures of the little beauties that laced the twists and turns of the trail. Just before end of the trail marked by the lighthouse at the tip of the lookout, is a small bifurcation that leads to a rocky protrusion with sweeping views of the Tasman sea. Passing yachts added activity in the blue canvass outstretched before our eyes.

The Wild Beauties (images courtesy of Chetan Prusty)

Grotto Point Lighthouse

Functioning since 1911, the lighthouse (also referred to as Port Jackson Entrance Range Front Light) was designed by Maurice Festu and currently runs on electricity. Small compared to its much bigger counterparts (Macquarie, Hornby and Barrenjoey lighthouses), the lighthouse is completely fenced unlike the others and closed to public.

Grotto Point
Grotto Point Lighthouse (image courtesy of Chetan Prusty)

Grotto Point
The Lighthouse

Grotto Point
The Reptile Resident in the Reserve (photo courtesy of Chetan Prusty)

If you love traveling green then public transport is also at your disposal (no headache of parking your car as well). The nearest bus stop is on Alma Street, from where the lighthouse is a mere 1.3 kms.
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Your Comment
You've beautifully narrarated your experience . It sounds like you've had a great time there . I'd love to visit someday .keep writing .
by Manoj (score: 1|30) 1843 days ago
Informative and very well written.
by dsjye (score: 0|4) 1839 days ago
It's a long time since I did the Spit to Manly Walk and I can't remember if I actually took the track out to Grotto Point. It has now given me a good excuse to go back and explore.
Also, great photos. Nature is beautiful, especially when captured so well through the lens. Thank you to Chetan Prusty.
by Carole Liivrand (score: 2|871) 1835 days ago
Lovely article accompanied by some nice photos! Enjoyed reading..
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