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Lookout Sydney -Breathtaking Scenery & Easy Access
You really can’t go wrong with taking a long meandering drive through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to get to the West Head Lookout. With just $12 per car entry, it’s a very affordable day out. Gates to the park close at specific times depending on the time of the year, so it’s worth factoring that in if you visit late in the day.
It can get quite busy during the summer months but, when we took our trip on a beautiful sunny and warm day in April, we found a parking spot next to the path leading to the sandstone viewing area and there is plenty more parking very closely situated at the Resolute Picnic Area; just take the short Red Hands Track.
West Head Lookout
At the West Head Lookout, you can drink in a perfectly elevated view of Sydney’s waterways, with 270-degree panoramic views of Pittwater, Broken Bay, Lion Island, Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Bay and the Central Coast.
There is plenty of bench seating available as well as a low stone wall to perch yourself upon as you soak up the views and history of the area.
It’s thought that Lion Island, an 8-hectare nature reserve, was named so because of its resemblance to the Sphinx which guards the Pyramids in Egypt. As there are no feral animals there such as foxes or cats as well as being banned for public access, it’s an important haven for numerous migratory birds and native animals.
The Barrenjoey Lighthouse that sits on Barrenjoey Headland is built from headland sandstone and has been in operation since 1881. Views of the Northern Beaches, Central Coast and Broken Bay can be enjoyed from the top of the headland which can be accessed by a convict-built walking trail.
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