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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  • Great aspect up and down the coast. Fortunate enough to see pod of dolphins frolicking off the coast. Parking is a premium not many spaces but everyone seems to a spot. The beach below is patrolled an...  more »
  • Magnificent views out to sea and looking south over Lighthouse Beach. Parking can be at a premium and sometimes very windy but the views are worth it. There is a walkway down to the beach and a walk b...  more »
  • Historically interesting - Matthew Flinders tacked his ship at this point, as the tide was too strong, while he made a survey of the coast.  more »
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  • 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!
  • Beautiful views. Historic. However some scary cliffs, no safety barriers and children running so close to the edge. Couldn't bare to watch them.🤤
  • Such a serene place. Perfect to commune with nature
  • Stunning view of Lighthouse beach. One of the best lookouts in Port Macquarie

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