Nobbys Lighthouse, Newcastle

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#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Newcastle
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 to the Lighthouse is not far, and there is wildlife to observe, once at the lighthouse there is a coffe shop, it is delicious, but not open all the time. Walk around the lighthouse and be rea...  more »
  • You can go anywhere and see many things but you know when you see this iconic landmark where you are in the Australia. Newcastle has so many beauty spots from beaches,parks, historic buildings, pubs a...  more »
  • A great bit of Newcastle history and great views of Newcastle, the harbour, beaches and Stockton. Great whale watching during June and July and October.  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.
  • Very nice lighthouse, but way to the lighthouse almost always closed
  • Good place to visit in Newcastle
  • Interesting and lovely surrounding. Best enjoyed when no strong wing, otherwise you have sands on your eyes.

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