Trip Planner: South Pacific / Australia / New South Wales / Port Macquarie / Tacking Point Lighthouse
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 .
Tacking Point Lighthouse Reviews
Not disappointed when we visited the lighthouse, as the views were immaculate. It’s also the right time to see whales swimming by. On a clear day, the views are really spectacular. more »
We were fortunate to be able to drive there during the peak whale-watching season (the day before the local council was temporarily closing the only access road to vehicles!!!). We were able to see ov... 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!
Places to stay near Tacking Point Lighthouse
Plan your trip to Port Macquarie
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Port Macquarie
Hidden gems in Port Macquarie
Fun & Games in Port Macquarie
Kid-friendly things to do in Port Macquarie
Plans to Tacking Point Lighthouse by other users
4 days in Forster BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Port Macquarie BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Forster BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Port Macquarie BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Port Macquarie BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 57 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy