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Grotto Point Lighthouse

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