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Nobbys Lighthouse, Newcastle

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#4 of 8 in Historic Sites in Greater Newcastle
Lighthouse Tourist Spot
Nobbys Lighthouse sits high on Nobbys Headland guarding the entrance to Newcastle Harbour. It has been an active lighthouse for over 150 years and continues to safely direct ships in and out of Newcastle harbour. The site is an iconic landmark at well-loved location in Newcastle. The Macquarie Pier, joining Nobbys to the mainland, and the breakwall extending past Nobbys Lighthouse, forms a popular exercise track, while Nobbys Beach is a popular swimming destination in summer.

The Nobbys Lighthouse grounds are open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm and entry to the site is free. Parking is located adjacent to Nobbys Beach at Camp Shortland. The lighthouse is an 800 metre walk from the car park, with a steep climb at the end. There is a small kiosk on site serving tea, coffee and cold drinks. Visitors are welcome to pack their own supplies and make the most of the beautiful 360 degree views.

The current lease holder, Newcastle Now, cares for the site to ensure it is open to the public every Sunday of the year. A proud and dedicated team of volunteers works hard to welcome visitors, they love to share their knowledge of the city and its surrounds with tourists. Newcastle Now, is undertaking an ambitious plan to raise funds to support the development of the site, ultimately delivering a unique tourism venue to serve the local community and visitors to the region.
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  • The walk is worth it, you'll be surrounded by water until you reach the lighthouse. It does get really busy around here though  more »
  • Cafe and gates are only open Sundays but the view is worth it. There's a display in the cottages explaining the history as well as future plans for the Lighthouse. There are friendly guides around to ...  more »
  • We have always missed this place as it is only open on Sundays at the present but so glad we caught it today. Fantastic views around and we were told the spot is continually being developed. Well done...  more »
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  • Great views , you can walk to the end of the Nobbys beach you'll enjoy seeing the dogs beach in your left side
  • Lovely walk to the lighthouse, great views of the beaches and city once up at the top and a little shop selling cold drinks and coffee.
  • Interesting and lovely surrounding. Best enjoyed when no strong wing, otherwise you have sands on your eyes.
  • Without question one of the best views in the Hunter Valley. If you haven't made the Sunday morning pilgrimage to the Lighthouse yet you need to rectify that as soon as possible.
  • Nice walk and good views.

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Newcastle offers an extensive choice of accommodations, with the greatest choice available around the Hamilton East and Cooks Hill areas. Here you can find boutique hotels, hostels, and apartment rentals. Try a beachside residence for a great view of the harbor and quick access to the sand and sea. Farther out of town you will find RV parks and motels along the main roads. Newcastle's solid local train and bus service will take you between the sights and your accommodations in the city.
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