Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

Must see · Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Tacking Point Lighthouse and many more Port Macquarie attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Port Macquarie online trip itinerary builder.
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  • Such a beautiful lighthouse! The view around it is also incredible. You can either walk up from town [would take a few hours] or drive there. There's parking next to it, but a few stairs are up to...  more »
  • This is a must-see if you are visiting Port Macquarie. If you are lucky, you might see a pod of whales swimming. Make sure you bring a jacket, it is very windy.  more »
  • If you are up to the challenge you can walk 9kms from town centre (in about 2 hours) we chickened out and drove there and we loved the extensive and elevated views. If you are lucky you can see...  more »
  • This place is just beautiful... the views go on forever, the wind whips through your hair and the sun warms your skin. I imagine this place would be beautiful any time of year, winter or summer!!
  • A cool place! If you’re lucky like us.. you might see some dolphins too!
  • What a great view, Ocean, Lighthouse and Beach. A must do if you are in the area. Was windy at the time so hang on to your hats.
  • Very cool place. Very windy. It reminds me of the Etretat's town in France where it is so windy too, with the bench and a nice view. At the bottom of the beach with the thousands of crabs.
  • Really good views of Port Macquarie, I'd recommend coming twice once during the day and once at night, there's nothing better than a star lit Australian sky.

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