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Barrenjoey Lighthouse tour

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Overview

Enjoy a Barrenjoey Lighthouse tour any Sunday afternoon. It stands at Sydney's northern-most point. The views of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the mighty Pacific are unforgettable.

When
Every Sunday, 11am–3pm (except in extreme weather conditions). Tour takes 30 mins.
Where
Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Accessibility
No disabled access
Grade
Medium. Moderate fitness required. The walk to the lighthouse takes about 30 mins each way.
Price
Adult $5 per person. Child $2 per person.
Meeting point
Meet at the top, at the Keepers Cottage.
Bookings
Bookings not required. For more information phone Kalkari Discovery Centre on (02) 9472 9300.
Please note
Toilets and drinking water are located at Governor Phillip parking area.

Experience one of the most breathtaking views in Sydney from Barrenjoey Lighthouse at the northern end of Palm Beach. It's well worth the walk up Barrenjoey Head to get there.

The lighthouse was built in 1881, from sandstone on the site. It's been beautifully restored, and now welcomes visitors from around the world each Sunday. Hear about its history, climb the winding stairs and imagine yourself as the 19th-century lighthouse keeper there.

It's a good idea to wear sturdy shoes, and bring weather protection and drinking water with you. Pack your camera too – you'll want to revisit these beautiful views again and again.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Barrenjoey Lighthouse tour.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    It's not possible to drive right up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. You'll need to walk about 1km to get there, using one of several walking tracks. Toilets and drinking water are located at Governor Phillip parking area.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

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

    By public transport

    Catch the L90 bus from Sydney CBD to Barrenjoey Head. The trip takes about 1hr 30min.

    Facilities

    There are no toilets or drinking water at the lighthouse. The nearest public toilets are at Governor Phillip Park.

    Maps and downloads

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no disabled access

    Not wheelchair-accessible.

    Visitor centre

    Learn more

    Barrenjoey Lighthouse tour is in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A great location to run, row or ride

    West Head lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is situated within the Sydney Metropolitan Area, 20km north of the Sydney CBD. The park runs from St Ives to the shores of the Hawkesbury River at Brooklyn. The 14,882ha park also includes the stunning Barrenjoey Head, 1km across Pittwater at Palm Beach. Multiple entry points offer easy access – one of the many reasons this park is so popular with locals. With everything from jogging tracks to picnic areas and great places to whalewatch, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is excellent for outdoor activity. Hire paddle boats from Bobbin Inn, walk the Gibberagong track, horse ride the Perimeter trail or cycle from Mt Colah to Pymble station.

    • Akuna Bay Boating enthusiasts love Akuna Bay. Use the public barbecue and enjoy a picnic at Akuna Bay Marina. It's the ideal spot to recharge after you've been out sailing.
    • Bobbin Head Visit Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and enjoy a barbecue or a spot of fishing. Go canoeing or hire a paddle boat for a great daytrip from Sydney.

    A rich Aboriginal heritage

    Aboriginal engravings in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    The Guringai Aboriginal people originally inhabited the area, and the park showcases their rich cultural heritage. More than 350 Aboriginal sites have been recorded in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. They include rock engravings, burial sites, axe grinding grooves and places that show evidence of Aboriginal occupation. For many visitors, these sites and other relics are the most visible reminders of the area's rich, living Aboriginal culture.

    • Aboriginal Heritage walk Take the fascinating Aboriginal Heritage walk highlighting rock art and engravings of the Guringai people of West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
    • The Basin track and Mackerel track The Basin track and Mackerel track offer stunning ocean views, as well as one of Sydney's best Aboriginal Art sites. You can also enjoy a picnic and swim, or catch a ferry to other scenic spots on Pittwater.

    Brilliant for birdwatchers

    Wildflowers in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Over 160 bird species have been recorded in the park so bring those binoculars to see wood ducks, crimson rosellas, wedge-tailed eagles and pelicans. The Basin campground is home to some confident kookaburras, so keep a tight hold on your lunch.

    • Waratah walking track The long, yet gentle, Waratah walking track takes in wildflowers and scenic water views over Akuna and Yeomens Bay in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
    • WilderQuest keep your cool Don't mind getting wet these school holidays? Head to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to join this WilderQuest adventure, and discover the tricks of wildlife for staying cool in summer.

    Wonderful waterways

    Views from Barrenjoey headland, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Protecting a major part of northern Sydney’s waterways, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the ideal place to make a splash. The park includes much of the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater and Cowan Water, plus numerous creeks and coves. You’ll find good facilities at Empire Marina, amazing sea views at Barrenjoey Head and several good spots for a waterfront picnic.

    • Gibberagong track mangrove and woodland walk Set out on this 1hr walk along Gibberagong track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You'll follow a boardwalk through mangroves and woodlands that overlook a scenic waterhole. 
    • The Basin track and Mackerel track The Basin track and Mackerel track offer stunning ocean views, as well as one of Sydney's best Aboriginal Art sites. You can also enjoy a picnic and swim, or catch a ferry to other scenic spots on Pittwater.
    • West Head lookout Enjoy incredible views from West Head lookout, regarded as one of Sydney's best in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photograph Pittwater and Barrenjoey Head, or take a short walk from here.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Long-nosed bandicoot, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Narelle King

      Long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)

      A nocturnal marsupial and one of the smaller Australian native animals, the long-nosed bandicoot is found across eastern Australia. Populations in the Sydney region have dwindled since European settlement, leaving only endangered colonies in inner western Sydney and at North Head, near Manly. The long-nosed bandicoot has grey-brown fur and a pointed snout which it uses to forage for worms and insects.

    • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

      White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

      White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

    Plants

    • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

      Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

      Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

    • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

      An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

    • Scribbly gum. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Scribbly gum (Eucalyptus haemastoma)

      Easily identifiable Australian native plants, scribbly gum trees are found throughout NSW coastal plains and hills in the Sydney region. The most distinctive features of this eucalypt are the ‘scribbles’ made by moth larva as it tunnels between the layers of bark.

    • Grey mangrove. Photo: Shane Rumming

      Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)

      Grey mangrove is the most common and widespread mangrove found within intertidal zones across Australia, and throughout the world. Growing to a height of 3-10m, they thrive best in estuaries with a mix of fresh and salt water. They excrete excess salt through their long thick leaves, and absorb oxygen through their aerial root system.

    Environments in this park

    Education resources (1)

    The view from the top of Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Photo:K. McGrath