Smoky Cape Lighthouse, South West Rocks

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Perched on a granite plateau at 140 m (460 ft) above sea level, the light of Smoky Cape Lighthouse is the highest in town. This lighthouse is still in operation and lights up the coastline nightly. During daylight hours, the lighthouse is open for tours of its historic building, a treat for any maritime enthusiast. Consider renting a room at the former lighthouse keeper's cottage that's converted into a bed and breakfast. Supplement your lighthouse tour with hikes in the surrounding national park, where you'll find breathtaking views over the water and an array of local flora and fauna. Use our South West Rocks trip maker to arrange your visit to Smoky Cape Lighthouse and other attractions in South West Rocks.
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  • We arrived at 8.00am and trekked up to the lighthouse.The path is a bit steep and good walking shoes would be recommended and a modest level of fitness. There are tours of the light at 1.00pm each day...  more »
  • Such beauty. Views are outstanding. Glad there is a railing to assist getting to the top. A must see just watch for snakes!  more »
  • It's a long way to the top but the view was worth the effort. Take water and wear sunscreen! It might take longer than you think to get there. It's a working lighthouse but we couldn't go in to have a...  more »
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  • What a beautiful experience. If you are prepared for a REALLY STEEP hike up to the lighthouse you will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful views I've seen on the eastern seaboard. Really lovely. No wheelchair or disabled access (don't even try - even if you have a rugged wheelchair). It's simply too steep. I would choose Smokey Cape Lighthouse over Byron's any day of the week.
  • It's gorgeous and great! it is worth visiting and spending a night at a campsite. There is a beautiful beach near the campsite as well.
  • Great views. Well worth the incline!!! Sea Eagles soaring over the ocean too
  • Stunning! And so tranquil when empty! Highly recommend a visit
  • A view not to be missed. The art form that is the Australian Coastline. Coming back to stay at the B&B's
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