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Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie
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Constructed in 1879, Tacking Point Lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse in Australia. Built along a rocky coast that saw 20 shipwrecks between 1800 and 1879, the lighthouse was a necessity that stands as a monument to the ingenious colonial architect James Barnet. It is still in operation, managed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, whose work protects ships from the treacherous coastline. A 9 km (5.6 mi) coastal walk begins at the lighthouse. Bring your camera to snap a stunning shot of the tiny, white building whose light has saved the lives of many. Continue your tour with a walk along the coast, where you'll see surfers riding the waves and whales coming up for a breather. To visit Tacking Point Lighthouse on your trip to Port Macquarie, use our Port Macquarie vacation generator.
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  • Seeing a few whales was a bonus. Great view of Lighthouse Beach. The remains of the former lighthouse keeper's cottage was interesting. 
  • This is a short drive out of the centre of Port Macquarie. The views up and down the coast are excellent and there are many photo opportunities 
  • If you enjoy the beach and walks you can't go past Lighthouse Beach. It has endless beach walks and if you are keen you can walk via rain forests and beaches to town, about five kilometers. There are ...  more »
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  • Great coastal walk..Portions are slightly graded otherwise pretty gentle.we walked from tacking lighthouse towards town beach and was beautiful and stopped to also watch some whales during the 2nd week of june
  • Lovely place. Worth the visit esp on clear days. Parking is an issue... Only space for 7 cars at the top. Park at the bottom and walk if needed.
  • Awesome place to visit on your holiday, Really recommended. Nice views.
  • Outstanding views. A must to visit on every trip to Port Macquarie. Particularly during whale watching season.
  • Gorgeous little lighthouse with an incredible view!