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Barrenjoey Lighthouse

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Alerts for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: closed areas


Updated: 07/04/2015 08:00 AM

“Be sure to visit the grave of the first lighthouse keeper – it’s near the Lighthouse and gives you a sense of the history of the place.”

Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits at Sydney’s most northern point – Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach.

Positioned 91m above sea level, the lighthouse can be reached by a couple of walks.  Take the picturesque 1km walking track to the top, which is an easy walk offering outstanding views along the track.  Or for those who are keen for a challenging short hike, take the Smugglers track to the top. Getting its name from the customs officers who built the track around 1850 to monitor any smugglers bringing contraband into Broken Bay, it now offers a steeper and shorter trek to the lighthouse. Don’t worry though, the walk isn’t as hard as it looks and is well worth the effort.

Bring your camera or your binoculars if you’re whale watching. Or you may simply want to capture the panoramic views of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Central Coast.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is one of the Sydney Northern Beaches’ most iconic sights and boasts a notable cultural heritage. Built in 1881 from sandstone quarried on site, the lighthouse, its oil room and keepers’ cottages remain unpainted in the original stone finish.

It is an easy daytrip from Sydney and is a great place to bring overseas visitors – they may recognise the lighthouse from Home and Away. Afterwards, head to the Summer Bay Surf Club for an ice-cream or cold drink.

Take a virtual tour of Barrenjoey Lighthouse on Google Street View.


Getting there

Getting there:

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is reached by a 1km walking track.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available along Barrenjoey Road or at Govenor Phillip carpark (Pittwater Council), please note that this is paid parking.

Important info



You should know:

  • Guided tours are conducted every Sunday. Contact Kalkari Discovery Centre (9472 9300 or 9472 9301) for more information
  • While the walk to the top is easier than it appears, it does require a moderate level of fitness


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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

closed areas

Barrenjoey Access trail closed - Barrenjoey Lighthouse (Ends Friday 31 July)

The Barrenjoey Headland Access trail will be closed from Tuesday 7 April to Friday 31 July 2015 to undertake essential track upgrade works.

  • The lighthouse precinct will still be accessible via the Smugglers Track during this period.
For more information, please contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Waratah trail closed weekdays between 30 March to 20 April for maintenance works - Waratah walking track (Ends Tuesday 21 April)

The Waratah trail will be closed for maintenance works weekdays between 7am and 5pm from 30 March to 20 April 2015. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Some machinery operations will be commencing prior and people are asked to exercise caution. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8945 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

People standing on a rock looking out to the point. Photo:David Finnegan