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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. Plan to see Smoky Cape Lighthouse and other attractions that appeal to you using our South West Rocks family vacation planner.
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  • The lighthouse dates back to the 1890's and is still a working lighthouse. History buffs will find it interesting but it is the terrific coastal views from the lighthouse and the adjacent lookout that...  more »
  • The steep climb up the road to the light house was rewarded with wonderful views. Our guided tour was interesting and informative. This historical location is fully operational. 
  • would have loved to been included in the tour of the lighthouse did not know about the tour. The views up to HatHead devine and the small beaches down below, steep incline but woth it 
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  • Worth the visit if your passing by, just remeber the climb up is a bit of a killer if your unfit, so dont expect a defibrillator to be at the top because there isn't one. But if your not already short of breath when you finally make to the lighthouse, the views will certainly do you in. Pace yourself and take in the views and the friendly local kangaroos. It has walks you can do even beautiful accommodation, where the prices looked very fair and we would consider staying one weekend. I dont think though that you can drive your car to the front door and park and you do have visitors passing by very close so ultimate seclusion you won't get but it would be pretty close. Not to mention the stunning sunset you would get to enjoy. So enjoy your visit and soak in nature at its best.
  • Beautiful views Saw an amazing amount of whales - one was showing off directly in front of us. Would love to return to stay at the b and b
  • Great location and the view from the Lighthouse was amazing. Plenty of parking and just a short walk to the lighthouse. Didn't stay at the B&B but they did look amazing and the view for them would be fantastic.
  • I did not stay at the guest house. I visited the lighthouse and walked past the guest house and fell in love with how it looked and where it is located. I plan to stay there in the future and already told friends and family about it.
  • Beautiful views, friendly staff, good service.