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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  • August 15, 2017
    I drove to the lighthouse and parking is very limited but I was lucky to get a spot and what a view, even the whales decided to make an appearance, this is a 'Take Your camera' place, there are steps ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The Lighthouse can be reached by car or by walking there. Car parks are limited tho. You can walk along trails and via beaches to reach the Lighthouse. Once you are there the view is amazing, as good ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    View on the lightbeach! A place not to Miss Port Macquarie. Do not stop the top and get off and walk on this beach...
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  • Great time here September 2016. Saw some whales from here heading south.
  • This is a pretty good lighthouse and is a great photo place and wedding venue.
  • Historic Lighthouse building (Now automated lighthouse. No access. See Wikipedia), remnant floor plan of lighthouse keepers cottage. Sea/ panorama/ whales/ dolphins viewing platform. Limited parking.
  • The lighthouse has interesting history, beautiful views and access down to the lighthouse beach.
  • Fantastic views. Well worth a visit.

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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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