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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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  • It was very windy when we went there but the views are fantastic. The lighthouse itself is painted white and set on the hill. It looks stunning and justs begs to be photograhed! On either side are als...  more »
  • From this Lighthouse is beautiful view on beach and town. Nice place where is good to be on sunset or sunrise. 
  • a must visit whilst in port. overlooking lighthouse beach (ofcourse!!). easily accessed with board walk, stairs and viewing platform. can spot whales during the migration season. well maintained. 
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  • Great coastal walk..Portions are slightly graded otherwise pretty gentle.we walked from tacking lighthouse towards town beach and was beautiful and stopped to also watch some whales during the 2nd week of june
  • Lovely place. Worth the visit esp on clear days. Parking is an issue... Only space for 7 cars at the top. Park at the bottom and walk if needed.
  • Awesome place to visit on your holiday, Really recommended. Nice views.
  • Outstanding views. A must to visit on every trip to Port Macquarie. Particularly during whale watching season.
  • Gorgeous little lighthouse with an incredible view!