Sydney Train Walks

From Palm Beach via Northern Beaches 10h / 25km to Narrabeen

About this walk

This walk visits the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Syndey's northern beaches.

It takes about 10 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

Leave the bus at the Palm Beach Ferry Dock and follow the road up the hill.

On the other side of the hill, leave the road to the left and follow Station Beach.

Near the end of the beach a sign will indicate the paths up to the lighthouse.

Choose the more gradual access trail, or the steeper smugglers track.

There are several lookouts around the Barrenjoey lighthouse.

Climb back down from the lighthouse and follow one of the trails crossing the dunes to Palm beach on the ocean side.

Follow palm beach all the ay to the next headland.

Near the end fo the beach a footpath leads up the hill through a small reserve.

At the top a small park offers a nice lookout across Palm Beach and Barrenjoey.

From the reserve follow the suburban roads to Whale Beach.

Take the staircase from the road down to the beach.

Follow Whale Beach to the next headland.

From the end of whal beach, follow the road up the hill.

On the left side along the road the Bangalley Head sign shows the walking path away from the road.

The trail leads through a stretch of bushland along the headland.

The bushtrail eventually end up in a grassy reserve.

From the reserve follow the road down to Avalon Beach.

Follow Avalong beach to the surf club. There's shops just across the road for refreshments.

Follow Barrenjoey Road to the left away from the beach.

Take the turn off from Barrenjoey Road down the Serperntine.

At the end of the winding road a staircase leads down to Bilgola Beach.

Cross the beach to the far side.

Follow the path from the carpark across the next headland.

On the far side of the headland, walk all the way along Newport Beach.

At the end of Newport Beach follow the road across the headland.

This walk follow the main road along the beach, because acess to the beach is limited.

Follow Hillcrest Avenue to the left to the Mona Vale headland.

Descend to Mona Vale Beach from the headland.

Follow Mona Vale Beach to the end, passing underneath the cliffs halfway down the beach.

A bushtrail leads across the next headland.

Follow the bushtrail down to Turimetta beach and follow it to the other side.

A footpath leads up to the Narrabeen headland.

Descend to Narabeen lagoon from the headland.

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.