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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse

Myall Lakes National Park

Overview

The historic Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, at the northern end of Myall Lakes National Park not far from Forster offers coastal views and is a top spot for whale watching.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Myall Lakes National Park
Accessibility
No disabled access
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Sugarloaf Point is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse stands on a dramatic headland east of Seal Rocks village. Completed in 1875, it is the first lighthouse designed by colonial architect James Barnet and one of only two towers in Australia with an external stairway. It was originally built to guide ships along the rocky coastline, after a number of incidents, including the shipwrecking of the SS Catterthun and the Rainbow. Despite the coast being illuminated by the lighthouse, 20 wrecks have occurred since the lighthouse was built.

Below the lighthouse are the Lighthouse Keepers’ quarters and outbuildings that have been refurbished to offer holiday accommodation for visitors. On the grassy slopes next to the lookout point and cliff edge, you’ll see three memorials dedicated to people associated with the lighthouse.

Sugarloaf Point is a top spot for watching whales as they migrate on their journey along the coast. You might also be lucky enough to see dolphins, down on lighthouse beach.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Myall Lakes National Park in the North Coast region
  • Myall Lakes National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. 

    The park has coin/card operated pay and display machines at Mungo Brush campground. NPWS visitor service officers regularly visit camping areas to collect fees from campers and sell annual passes. Day passes and annual passes also available from the Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens Visitor Information Centres, and other local outlets.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Sugarloaf Lighthouse, Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer