Tacking Point Lighthouse is Australia’s third oldest lighthouse. It was built on a rocky headland about 8 kilometres south of Port Macquarie in 1879 by Shepherd and Mortley, to a design by the New South Wales Colonial Architect, James Barnet. Tacking Point was named by explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802 during his 1802–1803 circumnavigation of Australia.
Major restoration works have taken place around the site including extensive interpretative signage detailing the history of the lighthouse. The foundations of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage can still be seen next to the lighthouse.
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