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Name: Macquarie Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Sydney, , Australia

Location: South Head.

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Photo: Kelly White

Managing Organization:
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust


A lantern tended by convicts was first established in 1791. The lighthouse established in 1818 was Australia's first. It was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway, who was granted a pardon in recognition of his work. The active light is maintained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The former keeper's dwellings are leased to private caretakers.

Tower Height: 79

Height of Focal Plane: 344

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 10 seconds.

Description of Tower: White, conical stone tower.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
One-story keeper's dwelling, assistant keeper's house (1881), several modern houses (1970).

Earlier Towers?
1818: Sandstone tower.

Date Established: 1818

Date Present Tower Built: 1883

Optics: 1883: First order Fresnel lens, later replaced by a smaller lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only, tower open occasionally.

The lighthouse is located at Old South Head Road, Vaucluse, within a public park. The surrounding park provides panoramic views of the Pacific coast. The Harbour Trust has open house days with guided tours of the lighthouse every couple of months. Check their website or phone (02) 8969 2131 for the schedule.

Keepers: Robert Watson (1816-?)


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