Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach is one of Sydney’s Northern Beaches most iconic sights; it’s an easy day trip from Sydney and is a fantastic place to visit regardless if you are an overseas visitor to Sydney or a Northern Beaches local. I decided to visit Barrenjoey Lighthouse on a bright sunny day and explore the area. I have visited the lighthouse before however I hadn’t been in years so thought it would be a nice way to make use of the warm weather.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits at Sydney’s most northern point at Barrenjoey Head, Palm Beach. To reach Barrenjoey Lighthouse you will need to either catch public transport into the Palm Beach area and walk towards the headland or park your car at the The Governor Phillip parking area at the base of headland which is metered so you will have to pay and display your ticket. Please keep in mind to leave yourself plenty of time to walk the track, as you don’t want to be rushed and spoil the beautiful experience.
I decided to drive and once I parked and paid for parking I made my way down to the beach on the Pittwater side and took a short walk towards the headland until I reached the signs indicating the tracks. From there it is easy to follow either one of the tracks up towards the lighthouse.
There are two tracks that lead you towards the top of the headland; there is the easier well-paved 1km track that can be quite steep at times however offers incredible views over Palm Beach and Pittwater. The alternative track is the slightly harder track called the Smugglers track, which is shorter of the two but requires navigation of steps. I personally prefer taking the first track because it offers a more relaxed walk, but I decided on Smugglers track this time.
When I reached the top of the headland I strolled around taking in all of the fantastic panoramic views of Palm Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Central Coast. The sandstone lighthouse and its surrounds are immaculately kept with landscaped gardens around the keeper’s cottages.
I really adore this track, it has incredible views and offers an experience that is really enjoyable, and you can either visit the area for a nice walk, a picnic with loved ones or even attend one of the guided tours inside the lighthouse to hear about the history of the lighthouse itself.
If you are planning on walking the Barrenjoey Lighthouse track I highly recommend bringing a camera as the views are absolutely stunning, and if you’re lucky, depending on the time of year, you may even be able to do some whale watching.
For half-hour guided tours contact Kalkari Discovery Centre on (02) 9472 9300 or (02) 9472 930 for more information.
There are no toilets or drinking water available at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, but you can find public toilets at Governor Phillip Park which is close by.