13 December 2017
There’s something magical about a lighthouse walk. Whether you’re trekking with friends, taking the family out for a scenic picnic, or taking on the coast alone, it is well worth any hike to catch a glimpse of these aging beauties dominating a headland surrounded by crystal blue pristine waters.
Check out a list of some beautiful lighthouse walks around NSW below.
Standing over Mariners Cove and Pebbly Beach on the Central Coast near Toukley resides the Norah Head Lighthouse. Take the nature trail loop consisting of lush bushland interjected with coastal outlooks. The 2.5km circuit also heads under the rock shelf of the lighthouse before emerging onto the headland to experience this breathtaking view.
Wollongong Harbour is the only location on Australia’s east coast to have two lighthouses. The heritage-listed Breakwater Lighthouse, affectionately known as the Old Wollongong Lighthouse and just to the north is the Flagstaff Point Lighthouse. The Blue Mile walk along the coastline of Wollongong is the best way to absorb the beauty of the unspoiled harbour and foreshore of this stunning coastal town. The views from here are well worth the walk, extending from the Tasman Sea down to the historic Port Kembla.
One of Byron Bay’s most popular tourist destinations, the Cape Byron Lighthouse is located at the most easterly point of the Australian Coastline. This is one of the most enjoyable lighthouse walks in NSW as there is so much to do along the way; giving you a break from the typical stair climb on most coastal walks. Take the Cape Byron Walking Track via Clarke’s coffee shop, the Pass, Wategos Beach and the Wategos Conservation Park, before reaching the edge of the striking headland and taking in the incredible scenery.
Where the South Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea, the Green Cape Lighthouse resides at the tip of Ben Boyd National Park. The easy 826m return trip passes through the camp remains of the traditional owners of the land, the Yuin nation. The cape has a mysterious seafaring past and overlooks the fabled Disaster Bay, an area which has seen many shipwrecks in the surrounding waters over centuries. Visitors can also check out the Ly-ee-moon Graveyard if you dare…
Tacking Point Lighthouse is the 3rd oldest Lighthouse in Australia, located in the beautiful coastal area of Port Macquarie. Explore the region on the 9.1km coastline walk starting at the Town Green foreshore and ending at Lighthouse beach. The spectacular scenery at Lighthouse Beach is worth the trek, however, if you want to take a shorter walk there are four other places along the way to join in on the track. Join the track at Little Bay and enjoy the scenery of the last leg of the walk before heading up the stairs of the lighthouse and enjoying panoramic ocean views of Mid-North Coast NSW.
Forged in 1891, the Smoky Cape Lighthouse is the ideal spot for birdwatching, picnicking and more fun things to do. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Hat Head National Park, take the winding staircase inside the lighthouse to explore stunning views from its octagonal tower. You can either drive or take the 2.2km one-way walking track from Captain Cook’s Lookout within the national park to enjoy dense rainforests filled with wildlife. Take the trek between May and July to enjoy awe-inspiring whale watching experiences and spot magnificent humpback and southern right whales migrating along the coastline to northern waters.
Constructed in 1818 by convict Francis Greenway, Macquarie Lighthouse is located in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, and is Australia’s oldest lighthouse. Take a tour of the lighthouse and explore its simply stunning interior architecture. Take a trip to the top to discover amazing, uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Watson’s Bay before embarking on a 1.5km walk to the lighthouse, or you can meander down the popular 100km coastal walk.
Take the Kiama coastal walk, beginning in Minnamurra and weaving 22km through to the rolling cliffs of Gerringong to witness breathtaking pristine waters, or if you don’t fancy a walk, you can literally just drive straight to the lighthouse. While you’re here don’t miss your chance to check out the town’s two famous blowholes; Kiama Blowhole and the Little Blowhole. These unique rock formations shoot water vertically into the air, propelled by eastern swells from the Tasman Sea.
Established in 1875, Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse was dreamt up by colonial architect James Barnet and is one of only two lighthouses in Australia to have an external stairway. The lighthouse resides atop a dramatic headland, surrounded by crystal clear waters, about a 3km walk south of Seal Rocks, NSW. The tower itself is closed to the public, but there is a nearby lookout where you can spot dolphins and whales during migration.