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Barrenjoey Lighthouse In Palm Beach – A Complete Guide

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk was one of the most rewarding short treks we’ve done for such an amazing view! Here’s all the info for visiting.

How To Get To Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is located at the head of the Palm Beach in Sydney

It’s around a 2 hour drive from the city centre, so renting a car or grabbing a group of friends is definitely the best option.

Although there is also the option of taking a bus from Central, Town Hall or Wynyard to Palm Beach. It involves multiple changes and also takes around 2 hours.

For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Entrance Fee

The trek up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse is completely free!

On street parking is available around the Palm Beach area but within the reserve it’s charged per hour.

It costs around $10 in high season, although there are some free 2 hour spots on the road before you get to the golf course.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Opening Times

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is open all day, every day.

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Lauren watching out for the jellyfish along the beach!

Best Time To Visit Barrenjoey Lighthouse

The best time to visit Barrenjoey Lighthouse is between October – March. These months generally offer sunny weather, while avoiding the heat of mid-summer and school holiday crowds.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is still a less popular option than its competing viewpoints over at the Blue Mountains and therefore not usually as busy.

However, as with anywhere photogenic in Sydney, the best time to visit is always earlier in the morning!

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Lauren found the perfect resting spot half way up

What To Expect At Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Lighthouse is an epic viewpoint and well worth a journey if you have some spare time on your Sydney itinerary.

Standing at 350 feet above sea level, the Barrenyjoey Lighthouse Walk has become pretty popular for tourists and locals of recent years.

Once you head in from the road, you’ll pass Boat House Palm Beach and keep bearing left towards the beach. The trail from there is pretty self explanatory.

The sand is not quite as nice as that of Bondi Beach but could be worth sunbathing on the right day.

At the far end of the beach you’ll notice a sign pointing towards Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Another 100 metres in, you’ll be given the option of two routes:

The Access Trail – 800m, 15min, grade 2.

The Smugglers Track – 400m, 10min, grade 3, steps.

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You have two options!
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And we chose the toughest one (which wasn’t so bad)

Smugglers Track

We opted for the Smugglers Track and it’s a moderate hike to the top, involving steps and rocks. The other option we were told is much easier involving no steps and a flat pathway.

Either way, it will take no more than 20 minutes including some stops for photos. We’d recommend taking trainers for the walk and plenty of water.

The view from the top is definitely worth it though with it overlooking both beaches and the whole of the Palm Beach area. You can opt for the same route down or try the other way. Whatever you choose, just make sure to treat yourself to some of the local chips from town as a treat!

Fun fact: Palm Beach is the area in which the famous Australian television series ‘Home And Away’ is filmed. The town before the Barrenjoey Lighthouse walk is instantly recognisable as ‘Summer Bay’ from the show.

Those that are big fans of the show can even book the Official Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay.

If you’re lucky, you may even catch some filming take place on the day you visit. Unfortunately we didn’t, BUT fortunately we had the place to ourselves which was amazing!

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We made it to Barrenjoey Lighthouse
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The view from the top of Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

Where To Stay In Sydney


Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Overlooking Sydney’s historic Rocks area, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney offers free WiFi, a bar, restaurant, fitness center and swimming pool.

Located in Sydney’s CBD Central Business District, it features luxurious rooms with panoramic views over the iconic Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. 

Each room offers an LCD TV, an iPod docking station and free toiletries.

There’s also a 350 square fitness centre that includes a relaxing sauna.

Guests can unwind in the hotel’s therapeutic spa and wellness center, which offers skin treatments and relaxing massages. Airport transfers are available upon request.


The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

Located in Sydney CBD, The Fullerton Hotel features an a la carte restaurant, a bar and access to a fitness centre.

It boasts luxurious rooms with unique decor as well as a flat-screen TV.

Some rooms offer the most stunning city views and guests can enjoy free WiFi in public areas. 

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is 15 a minute walk from both Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House.


The Village Bondi Beach

The Village Bondi Beach is just just a 2 minute walk from the world famous Bondi Beach and offers comfortable air-conditioned rooms. 

The hostel is a 20 minute drive from Sydney Harbour and a 25 minutes drive from Sydney Airport.

Markets, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within a 2 minute walk from the property. 

Facilities include guest laundry, kitchen, TV room, lounge room and a private bathroom.

There is a bus stop located at the end of the street with easy access to the city.

Free WiFi also is available with a limit of 500mb per day. You can pay for extra wifi too!

For more places to stay in Sydney, you can check the latest prices on

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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