Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach

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The Barrenjoey Head lighthouse was the third light constructed on the headland in the Northern Beaches district of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The heritage-listed lighthouse was completed in 1881.
Designed by NSW colonial architect James Barnet, its construction cost £13,695, plus £2,210 for the lamp. At an elevation of, it is visible to a distance of out to sea.
A customs station was established in 1843, as the Headland marked the entrance to Broken Bay and Pittwater – considered to be the back door to Sydney for smugglers. The first report of any lighted beacon on the headland was in 1855, when a fire was raised in a basket to assist mariners during storms. Broken Bay and the Pittwater were a safe haven in storms to vessels carrying coal from Newcastle to Sydney. Similarly, barges carrying food down the Hawkesbury River were a key food source for Sydney, and would harbour in the bay, awaiting favourable weather before making the 14km journey to Sydney.
Later, in 1868, two wooden lighthouses known as the Stewart Towers, were built at either end of the headland to guide ships in. The need for a permanent light led to the construction of the current lighthouse.
The current tower is unpainted, and built of the rich-coloured local sandstone. The original lighting apparatus was a fixed red dioptric of 700 candlepower with 4 oil wick burners. In 1900, an explosion followed by a fire destroyed the ornamental roof on the adjacent oil house. The flames were subdued before reaching the tower.
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  • Highly recommend the lighthouse tour run by dedicated volunteers. Lots of intersting history and a fabulous view from the top. Thanks to our eonderful guide Mike for his weslth of knowledge. 
    Highly recommend the lighthouse tour run by dedicated volunteers. Lots of intersting history and a fabulous view from the top. Thanks to our eonderful guide Mike for his weslth of knowledge.  more »
  • We hiked to barrenjoey lighthouse this summer. It has great views of pacific ocean, pitt water and ku ring gai national park. Great hike for anyone and great photo spot 
    We hiked to barrenjoey lighthouse this summer. It has great views of pacific ocean, pitt water and ku ring gai national park. Great hike for anyone and great photo spot  more »
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  • The steps are many 550 steps -up, up and away. But the trail is short on the step side so the legs and lungs burn but it is over soon. That aside, it is a must do! The steps / trail, is wide and well marked - you can go up the steps and down the sloped side on the way back to create a full circuit. The views are breathtaking (could be all the steps 🤣) so many perfect photo opportunities and they all do not disappoint. We spent about an hour at the top, found a nice rock spot in the sun and just took in the majesty of the sea and the height of the vistas.
  • Visited light house palm beach this weekend and loved the beach cool breeze and a grade 2 hike. There are two hikes, you can choose either one depending on your stamina and energy. We choose grade one which is mostly stair cases and it’s a 15 min hike 1 way to light house, it was an amazing experience. A must visit for bike lovers like me. Recommended 👍

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