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Macquarie Lighthouse

Macquarie Lighthouse

Macquarie Lighthouse, also referred to as the south Head Upper Light, was Sydney’s first lighthouse and is the longest-serving lighthouse in Sydney today. The lighthouse was built in 1818 before its reconstruction in 1883.

It is fully operational today and is one of the most historical attractions in the region.

Macquarie Lighthouse Tours, History & Walk Map, Watsons Bay, Sydney

The design of the lighthouse was created by Francis Greenway; a convict whose brilliant design saw him receive a pardon from the then Governor of Macquarie. So important is the lighthouse, that it is portrayed on the Macquarie University coat of arms.

There are two ways in which you can enjoy a tour of the Macquarie Lighthouse. The first involves taking a guided tour that is available every two months or choosing to go on the 100 kilometre Great Coastal Walk. Guided tours are popular with visitors as they provide a perfect opportunity to discover this architectural masterpiece while appreciating the lighthouse’s timeless role in Sydney’s history.

Make bookings for tour dates, which are subject to availability. Booked tours take approximately 20 minutes and usually leave between 10am and 4pm.

For anyone planning to take on a guided tour, it is essential to note that a good level of mobility is necessary. Additionally, one must not be affected by heights as this forms an indispensable part of the tour. Furthermore, if weather conditions are too windy, access to the balcony will be prohibited for safety reasons.

The other way to enjoy a tour of the lighthouse is to take on the scenic Great Coastal Walk. This walk follows the spectacular south-east shoreline that forms part of the Sydney Harbour. This is a favourite for nature lovers looking to enjoy sun, sand and sea in the adventure of a lifetime.

Macquarie Lighthouse is 20 minutes from the Sydney CBD on Old South Head Road.

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The lighthouse is open by guided tour every two months
Adult: $5
Child: $3

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