The Macquarie Lightstation is Australia’s oldest lighthouse, and it’s still in operation today. During a guided tour, you can climb the stairs to the top for magnificent uninterrupted harbour and city views.
Originally designed by convict architect Francis Greenway (who received a pardon for a job well done), the Macquarie Lighthouse was constructed in 1818 and rebuilt in 1883. You can explore the grounds year round as part of the Great Coastal Walk, or sign up for a guided tour to learn the history of the lighthouse and climb the 100 steps to the top.
Walks & self guided tours
The grounds of Macquarie Lightstation, located on the southeast shoreline of Sydney Harbour, can be visited year-round as part of the city’s legendary 100km Great Coastal Walk.
Macquarie Lighthouse Tour
When: Every two months. Tours depart between 10am – 4pm and take approximately 20 minutes. The next tour will beheld in early 2014.
Cost: $5 adult, $3 child/concession, $13 family (two adults and up to three concessions)
Bookings: Bookings are essential. Phone (02) 8969 2100 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Explore Australia’s first and longest operating navigational light and discover the unique history of this iconic site. Climb 100 stairs to the top of the lighthouse to see its giant lantern and take in panoramic harbour views.