Macquarie Lighthouse

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Macquarie Lighthouse is Australia's oldest lighthouse and it's still in operation today. A prominent Sydney landmark, it can be seen from the ocean and Sydney Harbour.

Originally designed by convict architect Francis Greenway (who received a pardon from Governor Macquarie for a job well done), the Macquarie Lightstation was constructed in 1818 and rebuilt in 1883.

Every two months, you can explore Macquarie Lightstation on a Sydney Harbour Federation Trust guided tour. Discover its fascinating history and climb the 100 stairs to the top to see magnificent harbour and city views.

It is free to access the grounds of the light station. Tours of the light house are available for a small fee.

Tours depart between 10am and 4pm and take approximately 20 minutes. You can visit the grounds all year round or stop by as part of Sydney's scenic Great Coastal Walk following the south-east shoreline of Sydney Harbour.


  • Sight-seeing
  • Guided-tours (fees apply)


  • Walking trails
  • Light house
  • Toilets available at nearby Christison Park

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring Australia.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.

Photo & content credits: Harbour Trust 

Location & Supplier

Macquarie Lighthouse

Address: Macquarie Lighthouse, Old South Head Road, Vaucluse, New South Wales 2030


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