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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  • Lighthouse is small but worth a visit for both the beach and water views. Even though late in the season we saw whales playing yesterday. No tsbles and chairs or toilrts in the area and close parking ...  more »
  • This is very handy to Port Macquarie and well worth the 10 minute drive especially if you want to capture some great photographs. Perfect place to watch the Humpback Whales migrating during the season...  more »
  • What a stunning place to just sit and watch the waves come in and maybe see a whale pass by. Situated so perfectly for amazing views of the water and the beaches. This is a must see. Plus the old ligh...  more »
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  • 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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