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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  • This is a lovely place to visit in Newcastle. It is a short and easy walk from Nobby's Beach. The views of the harbour entrance are spectacular and if you are lucky (as we were) you will see on the co...  more »
  • Nothing signifies a trip to Newcastle like the morning walk to Nobby's. An annual pilgrimage for me. Always shared by hundreds of locals walking, cycling and jogging the course. Easy flattish walk if ...  more »
  • This a great little walk around the heads, do take care as it can be windy on the sea side at times.  more »
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  • I would recommend anyone visiting Newcastle to take the walk out the lighthouse and then the walk up the rock wall. Huge coal boats use the harbour and it is a impressive sight to stand next to them as they come in via the harbour. You are able to walk around the headland as it is sand so you can do a different walking route on the way back
  • Definitely one of Newcastles most unique and interesting venues. The outlook is second to none with views up to Nelson Bay and along Nobbys Beach. Great venue for exhibitions with each restored building having a variety of display rooms linked together. The cafe offers a free shuttle service that runs from Nobbys Surf Lifesavers up to the lighthouse.
  • What can you say but WOW God, Your Creation is so Beautiful & Phenomenal!
  • Great view but the place is too windy.
  • My favourite lighthouse. It is iconic for Newcastle.
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