Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Hike to Barrenjoey lighthouse

Barrenjoey lighthouse, a heritage listed lighthouse in the north of Sydney, is one of the most beautiful lighthouses that I have seen in Sydney. The hike is not that long and the views of the never ending ocean from the lighthouse are stunning and breath-taking.

About 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.

The lighthouse provides a great spot for whale watching during the months of May and October and is also an awesome spot to see the Milky way in Sydney at nights.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse
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How to get to the car park?

  • Public transport: There are direct buses between Central bus stop and Palm Beach. The bus number is L90.
  • Driving: The quickest way to get to the Governor Phillip car park, which is the starting point of the hike, is by driving.
    • The distance between Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and Governor Phillip car park is around 50 kilometres and the drive takes 1 hour 15 minutes.
    • There are plenty of parking spaces available at the Governor Phillip car park.

It is no possible to drive up to the Barrenjoey lighthouse.

Hiking details

I suggest hiking this trail to Barrenjoey lighthouse on Sundays so you can get public access to the lighthouse. I also recommend doing this hike during sunrise or sunset to get amazing views of the sky and the ocean.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Logistics of the hike

  • Starting and finishing point: Governor Phillip car park on the Beach Road.
  • National park fee: No entry fee.

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There are two ways to get to the Barrenjoey lighthouse from the Governor Phillip car park.

  • Route 1 – Access trail.
  • Route 2 – Smugglers track.

Route 1 – Access Trail

  • Type of walk: Return.
  • Distance: 6 kilometres.
  • Time taken: 1 hour.
  • Grade: Easy.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse

route 2 – Smugglers Track

  • Type of walk: Return.
  • Distance: 2 kilometres.
  • Time taken: 2 hours.
  • Grade: Moderate to Hard (Steep stairs).
Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Is it safe for solo female travelers?

Absolutely yes! This is one hike that I say is safe for solo hikers. However, I would suggest hiking with a buddy especially at nights as the path does get very dark.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Closing Notes

I love hiking to the Barrenjoey lighthouse. It is very pretty and the views from the lighthouse are spectacular. Even the trail is so beautiful. So, I suggest doing this hike at least once or may be more than once while visiting Sydney.