Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

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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  • The lighthouse provides amazing and breathe taking views of the mid north coastline. In winter it is absolutely beautiful and the water is flat. Make sure you bring a camera and some sunglasses (the g...  more »
  • Beautiful lighthouse is on the high ground where an amazing view of beach is on the background. So pretty..  more »
  • This lighthouse has been operating since the 1800s and once had a caretaker's house alongside. Now gone the footprint of the house is still there and has been cared for by the local Rotary Club  more »
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  • If you're going past then its work a look. It does get quite busy however if you go across the other side of the bay you can sit on the rocks and really enjoy the view
  • Great view, love the historical signs explaining the history. It's however a bit unaccessible without a car and there's no public bathroom. Walking and biking here works, but the roads aren't great for that and it's a bit hilly.
  • Not much to do here and I wouldn't bring children, but great for taking photos. Be really careful on the road here, it's very narrow.
  • Amazing views of the lighthouse beach and the ocean. An excellent place to do some Whale and Dolphin watching. Beautiful walking trails near by.
  • Nice drive and the Ocean was wonderful to look at from here. They have nice History to read while there.

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As a well-established holiday destination, Port Macquarie offers a good number of places to stay. Most accommodations cluster in the town's scenic areas--at the mouth of the Hastings River and along the coast, as well as close to the beaches. While the town does feature several larger hotels, rental apartments and guesthouses outnumber them by far. If you're looking to stay outside town and closer to the lush surrounding countryside, you can choose anything from luxurious cabins to campgrounds.
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