Tacking Point Lighthouse
Port Macquarie is home to the thirteenth oldest lighthouse in Australia, which sits proudly on a rocky headland. Tacking Point Lighthouse was built in 1879 to reduce the number of shipwrecks along the rugged coast, and it is still in operation today. After 40 years, the light was automated rendering keepers unnecessary; however foundations of the keeper’s cottage can still be seen.
The lighthouse is just 8 metres tall due to the elevation of the land. Bring your camera to snap some photos of the small white building and the breathtaking views. From this vantage point you can soak up the beauty of the turquoise ocean and rolling hinterland, and you may even spot whales.
Once you have seen the lighthouse, Lighthouse Beach provides a beautiful place to relax, fish and surf. The lighthouse marks the end point of the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, a 9KM walk along stunning beaches.