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 walk. Amazing views, did this walk during the day where there were lovely views but then also at night which was incredible .. felt like I was in a complete different world with all the stars an...  more »
  • We often have visitors from overseas, and this is one of our go to places. The view is awesome. The lighthouse is different. Watch the sea, . the camels the when in season. Parking has never been a pr...  more »
  • It has been revamped and even though parking is at a premium it is well worth while a visit., especially when the weather is bad. It also boasts a viewing platform. You can while away the hours just w...  more »
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  • Beautiful views. Historic. However some scary cliffs, no safety barriers and children running so close to the edge. Couldn't bare to watch them.🤤
  • Nice lighthouse with amazing views of the beaches and coastline. Better to park else where and walk up there as there is not much parking.
  • High on a hill with great views over Lighthouse Beach. Bit of history in the area too with the floor plan of the original lighthouse keeper's house still visible and some submarine watch bunkers from ww2 still nearby.
  • Easy stop off point for views of Port Macquarie in both directions. Can use the path to reach one of the beaches. Also nice for a nighttime visit.
  • Awesome views of the ocean up and down the coast. Always worth visit.

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Where to stay in Port Macquarie

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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