Barrenjoey lighthouse

Built in the late 1800s, Barrenjoey lighthouse is a great sandstone lighthouse with spectacular views in the background. The lighthouse sits in the Barrenjoey head at Palm Beach and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney’s northern beaches. It does provide a great spot for whale watching during the months of May and October.


  • Starting and ending point: Car Park
  • Public transport: There is a direct bus from Central to Palm Beach – L90. Refer NSW Transport website for up-to-date information.
  • National park fee: No fee

There are two ways to get to the lighthouse from the car park on the Beach Road.

Way 1 – Access Trail:

  • Type of walk: return
  • Distance:6 kilometres
  • Time taken: 1 hours
  • Grade: Easy

Way 2 – Smugglers Track:

  • Type of walk: return
  • Distance:2 kilometres
  • Time taken: 2 hours
  • Grade: Moderate to Hard (Steep stairs)

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