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Barrenjoey Lighthouse

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Address: Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, Pittwater, New South Wales 2108, Australia
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Fun walk for all

Be sure to wear suitable footwear. You can go up using the stairs or use the longer route without the stairs. It may be better to go the longer route up with kids and the... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be sure to wear suitable footwear. You can go up using the stairs or use the longer route without the stairs. It may be better to go the longer route up with kids and the "Smugglers" track down as it is steep. The view up top is great but no shade or water. Be sure to take some with you.... More 

Thank AustTrail
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked up the main track and back down via smugglers track. According to friends we were with, track has been greatly improved. Better to walk up main track although longer is a steady incline whereas smugglers track is shorter but steeper and more uneven. Great views from the top in all directions. Now a path to the headland as well.... More 

Thank quarryhouse99
Gold Coast, Australia
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193 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From Port Hacking to Broken Bay- you have heard the news etc- here is entrance to extensive Hawksbury river and Pittwater sailing waters. Fabulous views from top and we took seaplane ride too- best ever.

Thank Gareth G
Sydney, Australia
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing location from an historic perspective and amazing views of northers beaches of Sydney and the heads of the Hawkesbury River. Drove to Palm beach and parking is metered. $10 for a couple of hours. Then a walk along the beach and up a walkway which gets steep in some areas though it is paved / concrete most... More 

Thank Berny B
Melbourne, Australia
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236 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lighthouse is nothing special, but the views from it are spectacular. I recommend you give yourself at least 45 minutes to do the return walk here.

Thank user01293948567
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410 reviews
204 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a pretty view from this headland. The walking track will test your leg strength as it's a 400m hill climb. Well you can take the longer more subtle track if you wish. The lighthouse is grand and beautiful. The views are stunning. Go for it.

Thank MarkNob
Swindon, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We had been to Palm Beach before on visits to Sydney and the northern beaches but never walked up to the lighthouse. I'm glad we did - we went up via the steps and back down via the more gently sloping path which is easier if you wear varifocals!! The views from the top were spectacular and would recommend anyone... More 

Thank AndrewP_11
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Starting off with a walk along the beach, there is an option of two tracks - one more scenic and one (smugglers track) is steeper. Views were stunning and the uphill walk was well worth it. It's not as hard as it was suggested. Great views of the harbour and ocean.

1 Thank Ange H
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

I love this climb, there are two main ways to get to the lighthouse, although usually one is closed. I've been unfortunate that I've never got to climb the stairs, I really would like to. The views up here are STUNNING!

1 Thank madivad
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251 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We took a drive to Palm Beach and walked up to the Lighthouse to enjoy the view. There is a choice of two paths to take whether you'd like lots of stairs or not. The walk was pleasant and not too strenuous with lots of birdlife. The view at the top is amazing, almost 360 degrees. I'd recommend this walk... More 

1 Thank toddtrippas

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