Barrenjoey Headland Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

1 hr 30 mins

2.3 km Return

110 m

Hard track
This is a fantastic walk for those wanting a great walk on Sydney’s northern beaches. Features of this track include views of the central coast, Palm Beach and the South Pacific Ocean, and historic remnants of old lighthouses. Currently some track repairs are underway, however once completed this walk will revert to a circuit track.

Maps for the Barrenjoey Headland Walk walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Barrenjoey Headland Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Barrenjoey Headland Walk

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 2.3 km
Time 1 hr 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 680m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 480m is very steep.

Quality of track

Around 790m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 370m follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 680m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 480m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 840m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 310m requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 790m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 370m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Barrenjoey Headland Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Barrenjoey Headland Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Barrenjoey Headland Walk walk starts and ends at the Barrenjoey Carpark (Palm Beach) (gps: -33.585449, 151.32536)
Your transport options to Barrenjoey Carpark (Palm Beach) are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. Parking fees apply in the area.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂