If you’re after googly-eyed, ridiculously gorgeous views and an Aussie TV star-studded history, head to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. This nautical statue sits at Sydney’s most northern point, overlooking the spectacular peninsula with Palm Beach to the east and Pittwater to the west, providing stellar views of the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay. Besides its obviously aesthetically pleasing attributes and 138 years of history, the 1881 sandstone lighthouse also has a claim to fame as a star on Home and Away, with Summer Bay Surf Club just down on the sand. You can take a guided tour of the lighthouse, oil room and keepers’ cottage most Sundays from 11am-3pm for $2-$5.
Getting there from the CBD: It’s a bit of a hike. You’ll want to source yourself a vehicle and even then it’ll take you close to 90 minutes to drive past every ’burb in the Northern Beaches. Once you reach the parking area, the actual hiking begins. It’s a short but steep ascent up the one kilometre of stone stairs and sandy trail.