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A Brief History of the Tacking Point Lighthouse

A Brief History of the Tacking Point Lighthouse

A Brief History of the Tacking Point Lighthouse

Perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Pacific Ocean just north of Port Macquarie, Australia, lies the Tacking Point lighthouse. Built in 1879, this iconic structure has been a beacon for sailors and coastal explorers ever since. Let's take a look at its history and how it continues to guide ships to safety today.

The Construction of Tacking Point Lighthouse

The need for a lighthouse in this area was first identified by Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell, who surveyed the coastline between Port Macquarie and Seal Rocks in 1835. However, it wasn't until 1879 that construction began on the lighthouse at Tacking Point. The original design called for an octagonal tower made of stone with a wrought iron lantern room at the top; however, due to budget constraints only the base was constructed using sandstone blocks with the remainder being built from timber. The tower stands 22 metres tall and is still in use today.

The Light Keeper's Duty

guided safely into port. It was also their job to regularly clean and maintain both the exterior of the building as well as all its internal workings such as lamps, lenses and reflectors which were used to project the light out over the ocean. In addition to these duties they would also have had to monitor weather conditions along the coast and report any significant changes back to Sydney Harbour so that ships could take appropriate precautions when navigating near shallow waters or treacherous reefs.

Preserving History

Today, visitors can climb up into the lantern room for spectacular 360-degree views of Port Macquarie and beyond. The grounds are open during daylight hours but visitors should bear in mind that there are no toilet facilities available onsite so plan accordingly! Maintenance work is still being carried out on the lighthouse with funds coming from local businesses as well as donations from tourists who visit each year; helping preserve this historic landmark for generations to come.

Tacking Point Lighthouse has been guiding ships safely into port since 1879—a testament to its durability and reliability during some of Australia’s most turbulent times at sea! This iconic structure continues to be an important part of our maritime history with regular maintenance work being done onsite by both volunteers and local businesses alike ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy its beauty for many years to come. So next time you’re visiting Port Macquarie make sure you carve out some time for a trip up into Australia's oldest surviving lighthouse! !


Tacking Point Lighthouse Map   

Latitude:

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16 Mar 2023

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Over 20 shipwrecks occurred in the Tacking Point area before a lighthouse was designed by James Barnet and erected there in 1879 by Shepard and Mortley.


Tacking Point Lighthouse is Australia's 13th oldest lighthouse.


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