Lighthouse sights in Sydney
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This historic lighthouse (1881) punctuates the northern tip of the northern beaches in an annexe of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You’ll need some decent shoes for the steep 20-minute hike (no toilets!), but the views across Pittwater are worth the effort. On Sundays short tours run every half-hour from 11am to 3pm; no need to book ahead.
When the original Francis Greenway–designed lighthouse (1818) fell into disrepair and was dismantled, the current lighthouse (1883) was built in front of it as an exact replica. It’s a pretty spot, with grassy lawns, heavenly ocean views and a cliff-top trail extending to North Bondi. Before the lighthouse was built, a series of fires were lit along this coast to keeps ships away from the cliffs.