Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

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Must see · Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
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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  • Lovely view from the lighthouse, interesting ruins. A little busy in Jan but still very much worth the drive to see  more »
  • This spot was very windy but you can see for miles down the coast. Easy drive and a number of steps to get to the top. Lovely views.  more »
  • This place is just beautiful... the views go on forever, the wind whips through your hair and the sun warms your skin. I imagine this place would be beautiful any time of year, winter or summer!!
  • A cool place! If you’re lucky like us.. you might see some dolphins too!

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