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On the northernmost tip of Sydney’s northern beaches is one of the city’s most spectacular coastal lookouts. It also happens to be accessible only through a steep bushland climb and as it’s a good 1.5-hour drive out of the city, Barrenjoey Headland doesn’t make it to the list of everyday tourist spots. Fortunately though, as you embark on the uneven incline, each step rewards you with an increasingly sublime view of the Palm Beach peninsula. It’s precisely these features that make Barrenjoey Lighthouse Sydney’s best sunset lookout.
1. Beachside village
Palm Beach is a familiar and well-loved name around the world. Add into that, its unique position as the most northerly aspect of Sydney and the lookout jumps in popularity. The broad stretch of orange sand and open sea is set against an affluent cafe and shopping scene. Once you reach Avalon on Sydney’s northern beaches the single lane road bends and twists along the coastline. There are stunning homes perched into the undulating cliff, boldly placed to get the best view of the never-ending ocean. The roadside is thick with leafy overgrown flowering shrubs and all of a sudden, you’ve left the city behind.
2. Room with a view
Standing at 113 metres above sea level, Barrenjoey Lighthouse looks serenely across the Pacific Ocean as it has done for over 130 years. Bult from local sandstone, it’s the pinnacle of the peninsula and by far the best aspect to view Broken Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the sweeping views of the ocean. Each Sunday between 11.00am and 3.00pm you can join the 30-minute guided tours of the Lighthouse, though the grounds of the Lighthouse are open 24 hours. This makes it a perfect spot for a coastal walk, picnic or Sydney’s best sunset lookout.
3. Bush trails and tales
There are two walking tracks that go all the way up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse and they join as a circuit if you take one up and choose the other for the way down. Either way, you’ll experience one of the most picturesque harbour bushwalks.
The Smugglers Track
It may be shorter, but at the hint of the name, you know that The Smugglers Track is not the easy route. It’s the steeper of the two trails and is 400m climb directly to the top of the hill. The walk is considered Grade 3 so carry plenty of water, wear the right bushwalking shoes and maybe make this your descent back down the hill. As the story goes, The Smugglers Track acquired it’s convict sounding name from customs officers using the pathway to monitor smugglers who were bringing contraband into Broken Bay.
As the name suggests, here is the walking track for the nature lover seeking a gentler, meandering walk and who has more time to embrace the surrounding beauty. The Access Trail is Grade 2 on the scale of walking treks and follows a narrow, though somewhat easier road to the reach the Lighthouse.
4. A road for all seasons
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a popular park all year around. Summertime peaks naturally on Palm Beach and the sun blazing on the bay provides a sparkling view. Shallow water jetties and sleek yachts lulling in the bays, fill the long summer days with tourists. In the cooler season, from May to October, the peninsula is a magical spot to catch sight of the humpback whale migration as they follow the warmer waters north. Springtime is ablaze with sprigs of wildflowers and even under the steely winter skies, the cooler days make for more pleasant bush walks. But for all of the daylight views, sunset on the peninsula is truly magical.
5. End of a perfect day
To catch a glimpse of the sun setting is a great thing to add to your travel wish list. There’s a huge choice of striking sunset lookouts around Sydney basin, but for all the iconic silhouettes of the city, something about the peninsula makes Barrenjoey Lighthouse Sydney’s best sunset lookout. Its tapered headland is one of those rare formations that a good sunset makes worth the climb. There are regular photographic tours you can join or after the walking trails, take some time out to absorb nature’s most gentle time of the day.
You might also like to find out about other sunsets spots at our favourite secluded beaches in Sydney.
When you have a camera in your hand, everything is a work of art. Along the everyday blur of city streets and the rising hum of suburbia, the angles of train tracks and fence lines become the imprint of a beautiful moment. I especially love the way the light plays in dappled shadows on the road and indented stone walls. Through a lens, buildings, walkways and rooftops become shapes and shadows. I see their curves blend and the edges disappear and the grey light mask their imperfections. Capturing the architecture of Sydney casts its history in a blaze of whimsical animation and takes me on a curious walk through the chronicles of the city.
The architecture of a city is its historical footprint, telling stories of its victories and losses, it’s fractures and structure. Mostly, the buildings and bridges that bring a city together, join the people and cultures in an ever-changing holding of hands. When I walk through the streets of Sydney, even the street names reflect their London heritage; Queen Victoria Building, State Government offices and The Strand Arcade tell of the early chapters of colonialism.
The rooftop balconies of the Erskineville pub scene retain their 1950’s charm and you can almost see the women crossing their legs nearly at the original bar stools against the retro forest green tiles. Crouched on the opera house steps, with my camera tilted skywards, even the ivory sails soar into a 1960’s full of freedom and promise.
Space defines us. The pop of candy coloured frontages of Newtown’s second storey line up like a box of crayons. The graffiti and crowd below are just as free. Sydney is full of these creative villages weaving through 1930’s hotels and terraces and the imposing rise of corporate CBD.
With each new approach to how we use space, fresh designs of architecture emerge and add layers to the city’s photo album. Some preserved, some broken, some waiting for playful new buildings to keep adding to the fluid aspects of Sydney’s character.
They say if you want to know the best place to enjoy a good meal while travelling, eat where the locals go. The same could be said for picking and choosing your sightseeing and adventure activities. Especially with just a weekend to discover an expansive coastline and the many little towns perched along Sydney’s south-coast seaside drive. We’ve made it easy to pack in the many things to do in Jervis Bay.
A little about Jervis Bay
Shoalhaven stretches from Nowra to Ulladulla with a stunning shoreline between. At the heart is the little township of Huskisson, as well known for the heritage pub on the corner peering out across the sea, as for the marina where the seasonal whale watching cruises depart. The main street is full of eateries and café options, sprinkled with new age and local market stores. There are plenty of tourism outlets and eco-cruise options to explore.
The Local’s guide to the top 5 things to do in Jervis Bay
To appreciate Shoalhaven’s sun-drenched escarpment, squeaky white sands and water the colour of translucent opals, we asked the locals their favourite weekend picks. With their help, here’s our guide to the top 5 things to do on your Jervis Bay weekend getaway.
1. Follow nature’s trail
There are two national parks within Shoalhaven; Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park. Both have impressive walking treks but only one has Murray’s Beach. It’s the surprising burst of blue that’s a welcome reprieve on the way to the cliff top view at Governors Head. It takes only about 10 minutes to reach the lookout and from the edge, you can see across to Bowen Island.
At the entrance to the Park, the Ranger shared such insightful information about the area and it’s meaning to the local indigenous community, it felt really special to know the history and significance of the land we were walking on. That’s the other beautiful feature of Booderee National Park; that it is jointly cared for by the local aboriginal community of Wreck Bay in partnership with Government. Booderee translates in the local language to the “bay of plenty” and is an easy 15 minutes from Vincentia.
2. Play on the world’s whitest sand
Hyams Beach is one of Australia’s most visited places and Shoalhaven’s biggest drawcard. Its picturesque backdrop of pastel coloured cottages and pretty bushland open out to a stretch of stark white sand that you literally have to squint to see. Against the azure stripe of the ocean, Hyam’s Beach is truly one of the calmest and most appealing beaches to splash around on. A day spent on Hyam’s Beach is one of the most popular things to do in Jervis Bay.
With a tiny population of just 112 people, the village swells on the weekends with holidaymakers from all over NSW. Hyam’s is bordered by Chinamans Beach to the North and Sailors Beach to the south but the pure quartz of the fine sand make Hyam’s Beach stand out and sparkle. It’s peppermint walled cafe of the same name is the best local place to pick up a healthy organic salad or coffee.
3. Visit the seal colony
Jervis Bay has long been a popular part of Australia’s east coast to catch a glimpse of the magnificent humpback whale migration from May to October each year. The soft waves and clear waters are also home to the bottlenose dolphins which can be spotted coasting alongside boats.
Add into that, Jervis Bay has two seal colonies, one to the north with up to 40 seals, whilst the colony to the south is slightly smaller with approximately 30 seals. Interestingly, it was explained to us that the colonies are only accessible to view by sea as they are traditional indigenous male sites where women can’t go by land. Jervis Bay wilderness eco-tours offer 2-hour cruises out to the Bowen Island seal colonies where along the way you’ll take in soaring cliffs, jagged inlets and rock formations that are millions of years old.
4. Explore the lighthouses
As you look out across the bay to the rocky headland, a tall pale lighthouse is the only sign of life on the horizon. Point Perpendicular Lighthouse marks the northern entrance to Jervis Bay and sits about 45km from its centre. Though it’s a little tricky to access, the drive through low scrubland and wildflowers makes it well worth the trek and one of the most interesting things to do in Jervis Bay.
Its story is tied to the other lighthouse in Shoalhaven at Cape St George in Booderee National Park located on the southern side of the bay, a somewhat misplaced location. The original Cape St George Lighthouse is now a haunted remnant of its former glory but the original 1860’s sandstone blocks remain. It’s a beautiful walk through the sandy incline and although a recent bushfire has swept through the native trees, their charred black branches create a stunning abstract approach.
5. Find your photo op
As travellers, we’re always on the lookout for the best spots to capture the perfect picture. While the options for a seaside selfie are plenty, there are a few spots that help you take in the most magnificent views. Catch sunrise at Plantation Point in Vincentia and Hyam’s Beach or sunset at Sanctuary Point on the western side of Jervis Bay.
Within Booderee National Park there’s Greenpatch and the Marina Waters for secluded views of the bush and the sea. The parkland at the end of Owen Street in Huskisson makes for a sweeping view of the broader bay.
Wrapping it up
Jervis Bay is one of Australia’s best-loved summer getaways and because of its longer than usual whale watching season, is busy almost all year round. June is peak season for following the humpback migration and from September to the end of summer in March, Shoalhaven is packed with sun-lovers. You’ll need at least a weekend to explore all of the adventurous things to do in Jervis Bay or a midweek stay will give you more access to the region’s abounding natural beauty.
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