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Grotto Point Lighthouse

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 AM

“I had no idea the lighthouse was so old and yet still functional. Gazing across the harbour, I wondered how the views had changed since it was built over a hundred years ago.”

If you’ve ever dreamed of the life of a lighthouse-keeper, why not visit the historic Grotto Point Lighthouse and imagine what it’s been like to live and work there? This active beacon, located on a rocky headland near Dobroyd Head, lights the way across the scenic northern waters of Sydney Harbour National Park, near Manly.

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Disney Castle’, its distinct features were designed by Maurice Festu in 1910. While taking in the marvellous views out to the Tasman Sea, keep an eye to the skies for cormorants and white-breasted sea eagles.

Accessed along a short track, off Manly Scenic Walkway, a well-marked path leads through a stand of smooth pink-barked angophoras. In spring, these iconic trees of the Sydney sandstone shed their bark to reveal a new orange layer.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Grotto Point Lighthouse is in the Dobroyd precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there, drive along Cutler Road in Balgowlah Heights, or walk in via Manly Scenic Walkway.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available along Cutler Road, a 500m walk from Grotto Point Lighthouse.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Lookout
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: North Head, Collins Flat Beach
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
Gap Bluff Headland walking track closure
Some areas of Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to upgrade of viewing platforms and walking tracks. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas include Gap Bluff walking track, Gap Bluff, South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact Harbour Area office on (02) 9337 5511 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed - Nielsen Park
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed following annual winter maintenance.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Sunday 23 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Sunday 23 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire

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Grotto Point Lighthouse, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government