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Macquarie Lighthouse Tour

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  • $5 per adult
  • $3 per child or concession holder
  • $13 for a family pass


Next tour will run in February 2020 – stay tuned for details. 

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Meeting Point

Macquarie Lightstation, Old South Head Road (opposite Macquarie Road), Vaucluse, NSW 2030


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During this special 20-minute tour, our experienced volunteer guide will regale you with the storied history of Australia’s first lighthouse, built in 1818.

After exploring the lower level, you will ascend 100 steps to the lantern room and, from there, access a balcony for a breathtaking panoramic view of Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean (and a selfie opportunity that will make you the envy of friends and family).

Plan Ahead

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By car: Drive along South Head Road to arrive at Macquarie Lightstation, located opposite Macquarie Road.

By bus: Sydney Buses operate the 324 service, which links Circular Quay to Watsons Bay via Vaucluse, daily. Alight at the bus stop on Old South Head Road near Macquarie Lightstation. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

By ferry: Sydney Ferries run between Circular Quay and Watsons Bay daily. Once you disembark at Watsons Bay, either walk 1.5km to Macquarie Lightstation or catch the 324 bus. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

By foot: Macquarie Lightstation is a 1.5km walk from Watsons Bay. It is also one of the stops on the popular coastal walk that extends from the Harbour Bridge to inner South Head.

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The grounds of Macquarie Lightstation are mostly wheelchair accessible; however, some surfaces are uneven and there are 100 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Limited parking is available on the streets surrounding Macquarie Lightstation and the nearest public toilets are located at Christison Park.

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In the event of an emergency, dial 000 or 112 if mobile reception is poor. Harbour Trust Rangers patrol Macquarie Lightstation approximately once per fortnight.

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For your own safety, and to protect this historic site, please observe the following rules, enforceable by our rangers:

Conditions of entry: Keep dogs on a leash; do not Litter, dump rubbish or leave dog waste; do not camp overnight; do not erect gazebos or marquees (without a permit); do not operate remote-controlled vehicles (including drones); do not light fires or use portable barbeques; do not play amplified music (without a permit) or create excessive noise; do not undertake commercial activities (without a permit); do not hold private functions (without a permit); do not ride bikes, skateboards or scooters on footpaths or walking tracks; and do not climb fences, historic structures or the cliff.

Ticket prices

  • $5 per adult
  • $3 per child (aged 16 and under) or concession holder (including pensioners and students)
  • $13 for a family pass (two adults and up to two children/concession holders).

Note: Online bookings are essential. 

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Additional info

All ages: Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The tour may contain stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

Conditions: A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required as the tour includes a steep climb of 100 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse. It is not suitable for people with mobility issues or who suffer from heart of breathing conditions.

What to bring: Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed).

Weather: Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Access to the balcony is subject to weather conditions.

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