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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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  • The local Lions club have done a lot of work on this attraction to make it accessible to visitors and locals, including paths and safe lookout points 
  • A coastal drive from Port Macquarie CBD approximately 7kms passing through the different beaches. Parking available and an wasy walk up the stairs or walkway. Spectacular panoramic views and cool bree...  more »
  • It is only a little lighthouse, but we got an excellent view of some whales on their way back South. The baby was leaping out of the water. Great spot for vewing. 
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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!