FREE things to do in Norah Head

Norah Head Rock Ledge

The rock ledge at Norah Head is simply stunning

Norah Head is a popular holiday and day trip spot for Sydney siders and visitors. It’s a great destination being only an hour and a half north of the Sydney CBD but a world away from the hustle and bustle.

A great way to plan your day would be to visit the lighthouse and the rock ledge (don’t miss the rock ledge, it is simply gorgeous), then head to either the rock pool or soldiers beach for a swim. A great way to end the day is a picnic and play at Young Street Reserve. There is a cafe and takeaway outlet just across the road in case you need some picnic or coffee help!

There is also plenty of free street parking around so not hefty parking fees.

Here’s our list of top free things to do in Norah Head.

1. Visit Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head Lighthouse

The Norah Head Lighthouse was built in 1903 at a cost of about 24,000 pounds

One of the main attractions of Norah Head is its lighthouse. The lighthouse is still in use today and with expansive sea views and wonderful architecture the lighthouse should be on your to do list.

Organised tours run each day between 10.00am and 1.30pm (other than ANZAC Day and Christmas Day). Tours run for 30 minutes and cost $6.00 per adult and $5.00 per child.

If you aren’t up for a tour you can wander the grounds of the lighthouse and read up on its history free of charge.

From the Norah Head Lighthouse there is also a nature trail that will lead visitors to the rock pools (see below). Entrance to the nature trail can be found in the lighthouse carpark.

Address: 40 Bush Street, Norah Head NSW 2263

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The Norah Head Lighthouse architecture and views are impressive

2. Walk the rock shelf

Norah Head rock ledge

Nature at it’s very finest

The rock shelf is a pretty special place and a must see if you are in the area.

One of the best places to access the rock shelf is via the Norah Head Lighthouse. Take the staircase at the lighthouse down to the shelf – you will find the staircase at the very end of the lighthouse grounds.

There are a myriad of rock pools to be explored as well as being inspired by the power of the sea itself. Be mindful and especially careful with kids as obviously it can be wet and slippery.

Address: 40 Bush Street, Norah Head NSW 2263

3. Relax at the Rock Pool

Norah Head Rock Pool

Beautiful no matter the weather 

The rock pool is super popular with locals and visitors and it is easy to see why.

The pool is perfect for kids and families being shallow and enclosed.

There are toilet facilities here and also a beach and some rock shallows perfect for crab spotting!

Please note that access to the rock pool is via a steep path or staircase. Entry is FREE.

Address: Access the rock pools via Bald Street or Bush Street

Make sure to explore the beach and rock pools next door to the main pool

4. Picnic at Young Street Reserve

Norah Head Young Street Reserve

Perfect spot to stop after visiting the lighthouse

Young Street Reserve is located across the road from the rock pool. It is a great place for kids to have a run around after enjoying a swim. The park incorporates a playground, grassy areas and tables. There is a cafe across the road if anyone is in need of a coffee and you will also find toilets there.

Address: Young Street, Norah Head NSW 2263

5. Marvel at Soldiers Beach

Soldiers Beach

Soldiers Beach is a popular patrolled beach and well worth a visit

Soldiers Beach is a beautiful, patrolled beach. It is a great place to spend a day with plenty of parking, toilets, a cafe and some scenic lookouts. Make sure to go for a walk up around the beach to get some amazing ocean vistas.

Soldiers Beach is a drive from the other attractions at Norah Head.

Address: Soldiers Point Drive, Norah Head NSW 2263

Soldiers Point also has some great surfing spots

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More Free Things To Do 

If you love rock ledges (like I do!) you should check out the Long Reef Aquatic Reserve and the Greenlink Walk. 



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