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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


Tours will run between 10am and 4pm on these Sundays: 23 Feb, 26 April, 28 June, 23 Aug and 25 Oct. Tickets for each date are released on the 1st day of the month they are scheduled to run. 


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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).


Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 per child (16 and under) and $3 per concession holder (incl. pensioners and students). Family passes can also be purchased for $13 and include tickets for two adults and up to two children or concession holders. Note: Online bookings are essential. 

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

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The tour may contains stories and images and/or visuals of deceased people.

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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.

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Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed).

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


Tour suspended

Due to COVID-19, this volunteer-run tour has been temporarily suspended...

Our priority is to limit the transmission of the virus and ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff. Harbour Trust parklands will otherwise remain open daily. We will review the situation regularly as advice evolves and look forward to welcoming back our volunteer tour guides in early 2021. 

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