About this walk
This walk visits the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Syndey's northern beaches.
It takes about 6 hours to complete the full 25 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the bus to Palm Beach using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Narrabeen at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
From the ferry dock bus stop continue following the road up the hill.
Turn left at the golf course.
At the end of the street start following the beach to the right.
Follow the beach towards the lighthouse.
Walk around the restaurant halfway down the beach.
Near the end of the headland, follow the sign to the lighthouse.
At the fork follow the access trail, but either way is valid.
Follow the access trail up to the lighthouse.
On your way down find the Smugglers trail between the lighthouse cottages.
Follow the Smugglers trail back down to the fork with the access trail.
Follow the beach back a short distance and watch for a trail across the dunes to the left.
Cross the dunes to Palm Beach on the other side of the headland.
Follow Palm Beach to rock pools at the far end.
At the rock pools find the staircase up to the road above.
Follow the road to the left along the cliffs.
Watch for a public pathway down to Whale Beach on the left.
Follow Whale Beach to the end.
Use the staircase the end of Whale Beach to get back to Whale Beach Road.
Turn left and continue along the Whale Beach Road.
Watch on the left for a staircase into Bangalley Head.
Follow the trail through Bangalley Head.
The trail ends in a grassy reserve. Cross it to find the exit on the far end.
Follow Marine Parade to the left to the carpark for Avalon Beach.
Take the path down to the beach and follow it to the surf club.
Leave the beach through the reserve past the surf club.
Follow the footpath along Barrenjoey Road.
Turn left and follow the sign down the Serpentine.
Watch on the left to find a pathway down to Bilgola Beach.
Follow the beach to the surf club at the far end.
From the surf club's carpark a staircase leads up the next headland.
Follow the path around the headland.
The path eventually descends down to Newport Beach and continues along it.
Continue past the surf club and take path off the beach before the rock pools.
From the beach trail, follow Calvert Parade to the left
Turn right at the stop signs and immediately left again into Melaleuca Street.
At the end of Melaleuca Street a dirt track lead to Bungan Head Road.
Follow Bungan Head Road to the left around the headland.
Watch on the left for a concrete path leading down to Bungan Beach.
Continue halfway down the beach.
A steep staircase leads back up to Barrenjoey Road.
Follow Barrenjoey Road to the left.
Head left down Hillcrest Avenue to the reserve at the end.
Cross the reserve and find the dirt trail continuing around the headland.
The trail seems to end at a cul de sac...
... but continues immediately to the left of it.
At the end of the trail continue along Mona Vale Beach.
At high tide you may have to use the stairs up the headland instead of walking around below.
Continue to the surf club to find a staircase leading up the next headland.
Follow the bush path along the headland.
Either fork in the trail will do, but the left one leads past a lookout.
The trail ends on Turimetta Beach.
Continue along the beach to the far end.
Take the staircase up to the next headland.
Cross the reserve at the top to find another bushtrail continuing around the headland.
Follow the trail across the headland past several lookouts.
From the lookout across Narrabeen Lagoon, take the staircase down to the carpark.
Follow the footpath along the lagoon to the bridge.
Cross the road and follow the Pelican Path along the lagoon.
On the far side of the lagoon use the bus stop along Pittwater Road.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.