Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits at Pittwater’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.

Please note

  • Access to the lighthouse is by tour only, there is no vehicle access.
  • It is recommended that visitors do not ascend to the lighthouse on days of high winds and heavy rain
  • Half-hour guided tours of the lighthouse are conducted every Sunday 11am–3pm, except in extreme weather conditions. Adults $5 per person. Child $2 per person. Contact Kalkari Discovery Centre on (02) 9472 9300 or (02) 9472 930 for more information.
  • While the walk to the top is easier than it appears, it does require a moderate level of fitness and will take approximately 30 minutes each way from Governor Phillip parking area.
  • There are no toilets or drinking water available at Barrenjoey lighthouse. The nearest available public toilets are at Governor Phillip Park.