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Barrenjoey Lighthouse

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


Updated: 24/04/2014 04:19 PM

“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.


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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- Alerts

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

closed areas

Barrenjoey headland landscape improvements stage II - Barrenjoey Lighthouse (Ends Thursday 31 July)

The Smugglers track is currently closed to allow for a low level viewing platform and stairway to be installed as well as the adjoining track upgraded and minor landscaping. Access to Barrenjoey is via the trail. Building maintenance is also in progress which may restrict access around the buildings perimetre. Visitors are asked to be aware of construction vehicle movements along the trail and adhere to safety signage and barricading which will be in place to provide a safe alternate pedestrian access around the work sites. It is anticipated that works will be completed by the end of July 2014, weather permitting.
Basin Trail upgrade works. - The Basin track and Mackerel track (Ends Monday 26 May)

A program to upgrade the access trail for walkers, cyclists, emergency and service vehicles is currently underway. Works are temporarily halting over the Easter holiday period allowing normal access. Works will recommence from Monday 28 April when there will be no visitor, emergency or service vehicle access to the Basin campground and picnic area via the Basin Trail. Alternative access to the Basin Campground and picnic area is by water access. This can be arranged through Palm Beach Ferries, Barrenjoey Boating Services, Peninsular Water Taxis, Pink Water Taxis or by private vessel. Public access to the Basin Aboriginal engraving site and Mackerel Trail remains unaffected. For further enquiries contact the Sydney North Information Centre 9472-8949.

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