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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  • Terrific whale watching indeed. Must be a favourite pit stop for them. The lighthouse and beach are stunning. Vowing instructions for watching whales are there as well as some old ship wrecks to view....  more »
  • A must visit in the area. Whale watching or dolphin watching worth the visit. View changes every time and never gets stale  more »
  • It is a small white lighthouse with a dwelling attached to it. It has a great view on the ocean. I wondered about the name of "Tacking Point Lighthouse." i found out it was a historic moment. Matthew ...  more »
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  • Lovely location offering a beautiful look of the sea. It is very interesting to watch the sunrise as well as sunset in this location at a very high altitude. Watching the sunrise as well as sunset here gives unforgettable memories. Taking a walk in the morning or evening gives a lovely experience.Tacking point lighthouse is standing majestically at the highest point in this Place.
  • Well maintained, gorgeous little lighthouse with a picturesque view. Parking a bit light-on so you may have to park along the road. Recommended going early morning or late afternoon for the best light.
  • Such an epic location. I am glad to see the recent works to upgrade access and parking at the site have improved the outlook of such a beautiful outlook. I'm also glad it had not been ruined by excessive barriers. I recommend watching the full moon rise over the ocean from here, stunning.
  • Nice little lighthouse with spectacular views. Decent set of stairs coming up from the beach if you’re feeling a bit more energetic and want to get some exercise to appreciate the views even more!
  • Gorgeous view and very well maintained. Direct access to the lighthouse beach. A must see if you are in the area.
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