The Barrenjoey Lighthouse
The Barrenjoey Lighthouse was constructed in the 1800’s to assist in the safe passage of ships. Nowadays, the Lighthouse is operated automatically and is open to visitors to experience the spectacular, breath-taking panaramic views overlooking Pittwater, the Pacific Ocean, the Hawkesbury River, Lion Island and Brisbane Waters. This beautiful sandstone lighthouse marks the northernmost point of Sydney’s northern beaches. A 20 minute walk up a steep rocky path will lead you to it, the views are superb.
Manly is the most popular tourist beach and 30mins drive from Church Point. Here you’d be hard pressed to find a water activity this is not practiced – surfing, kayaking, surf skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving or the latest craze of stand up paddle boards, you can also take the trip across Sydney Harbour to Circular Quay on the Manly Ferry a great way to sightsee Sydney.
Manly is a hub of oceanfront dining, with modern Australian and international cuisine. There is also a lovely coastal walk from Manly Beach Corso to Shelly Beach, or enjoy the scenic walking trails around Manly and North Head or trek the Manly to Spit Bridge walkway through native bushland.
Discover Manly’s unique history at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, the museum focuses on the 20th century beach culture including many wonderful examples of swimwear, surf craft and beach memorabilia. Rollerblading, skateboarding, scooting are big favorites for a skate down the promenade along the famous Manly Beach.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and West Head
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park culminates in the glorious and breathtaking headland area of West Head. The park includes large outcrops of flat sandstone where the Aborigines engraved their rock carvings and made paintings in caves and overhangs. It is not surprising with the sea and Pittwater part of their life that many rock carvings feature fish and sometimes whales.
The Aboriginal rock carvings are an important feature of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and may be observed on many of the area’s attractive bush walks. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has supurb water views and more than 45 walking tracks. West Head on Pittwater is surrounded by deep waters, stunning scenery, a winding shoreline with sheltered anchorages for yachts and numerous well defined bush tracks, each is a discovery walk.
Ponder on the Aboriginal carvings, wander at the expanse of tessellated pavement, a curious sandstone formation where the rock is divided into small square blocks resembling mosaics, walk under the shade of the beautiful gum trees, with their distinctive bark, angaphora, banksias, tea tree, drumsticks, grevilleas and native fuchsia. There is the distant sweep of the blue hills and the sounds of birds in the dense bush, the unique cry of magpies, and the laughter of the kookaburra.