Tacking Point Lighthouse

Australia - Tacking Point Lighthouse

 

Tacking Point Lighthouse
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Named by navigatir Matthew Flinders in 1802, Tacking Point is at the northern end of Port Macquarie’s Lighthouse Beach.  The lighthouse was established in 1879 and converted to automatic in 1919.

 Tacking Point1879 (James Barnet). Active; focal plane 34 m (111 ft); four white flashes every 20 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cement brick tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story service building. Entire lighthouse painted white. Wikipedia has a article with several photos including the one at right, Bill Strong has a similar 2008 photo, and Google has a satellite view. This is one of five small lighthouses built similar to the Fingal Head Light. The site is popular for surfing and whale watching, and there is a surf livesaving club just below the light station. In 2004 two panels of the lens were damaged by vandals. Vandals struck again in July 2005, leading to calls for better management of the light station property. Located on a spectacular rocky headland about 5 km (3 mi) south of Port Macquarie. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. Owner: N.S.W. Department of Lands. Operator: NSW Maritime Authority. Site manager: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. ARLHS AUS-158; Admiralty K2788; NGA 6024. -Lighthouse Directory

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