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Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park


Barrenjoey Lighthouse stands at Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach on Sydney's northern beaches. Built in 1881, this heritage lighthouse is an iconic Sydney attraction.

Historic buildings/places
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions
Please note
Guided tours of Barrenjoey lighthouse are held every Sunday 11am–3pm, except in extreme weather conditions. Tours last 30min. Adults $5 per person. Child $2 per person. Contact Kalkari Discovery Centre on (02) 9472 9300 or (02) 9472 9301.

  • The inside of the lighthouse is only accessible by guided tour but you can walk around the outside 
  • The walk to the top requires moderate fitness and will take about 30 minutes each way from Governor Phillip parking area
  • There are no toilets or drinking water at Barrenjoey lighthouse. The nearest available public toilets are at Governor Phillip Park.
  • There is no vehicle access to Barrenjoey lighthouse. Paid parking is available at Governor Phillip Park.
  • Please avoid visiting the lighthouse when the weather conditions forecast strong winds, heavy rain or extreme heat.

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 and offers outstanding views. It's an easy day trip from Sydney and a great place to bring overseas visitors – they may recognise the lighthouse from Home and Away and will find Summer Bay Surf Club nearby. 

The lighthouse is one of the most iconic sights on Sydney's northern beaches 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.

To get there, take an easy and picturesque 1km walking track or choose Smugglers track for a more challenging hike to the top. The name comes from customs officers who built the track to monitor smugglers bringing contraband into Broken Bay around 1850. Smugglers track offers a steeper and shorter trek to the lighthouse, but don’t worry, the walk isn’t as hard as it looks and it's well worth the effort.

Be sure to bring your binoculars for whale watching between the months of May and September. Or settle for capturing the panoramic views of Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Central Coast with your camera.

Take a virtual tour of Barrenjoey Lighthouse captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am at other times of the year.
    • No vehicle access to The Basin campground or to Barrenjoey Headland
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). There is no daily entry fee for teachers/educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
      (02) 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm daily. 9am-4pm during summer school holidays (closed 12pm-12:30pm) (closed Christmas Day)
    • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah
    • Email:
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
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People standing on a rock looking out to the point. Photo:David Finnegan