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Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island

Tomaree National Park

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Take a boat or kayak to Fingal Island and explore Point Stephens Lighthouse and historic ruins.

Historic buildings/places
Please note
  • It's not safe to walk or drive the 2km across Fingal sand spit to the lighthouse. Sea water covering the sand spit, combined with deep channels and ocean swell, have made the crossing extremely unpredictable and hazardous.
  • If travelling by kayak or boat, remember to check the tides before crossing and allow sufficient time for your return journey.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go whale watching.

Point Stephens Lighthouse stands tall and elegant on Fingal Island with a view over the rocks of Fingal Bay. The coastal views from the island back to the mainland are worth the effort to get there. 

Built in 1862, Point Stephens Lighthouse features a swept tower base and first floor entrance that give a flared appearance. This construction, along with the terrace of Lighthouse Keepers’ quarters within the lighthouse precinct makes Point Stephens unique among Australian lighthouses.

It is not safe to reach the lighthouse by walking or 4WDing across the spit so it’s best to get to a boat and then walk along the track to the lighthouse. 

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Young couple on Fort Tomaree walk in Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Fort Tomaree walk

    Fort Tomaree walk is an easy walk that runs just below Tomaree Head Summit walk and takes you to the World War II gun emplacements, used in the defence of east coast Australia during World War II.

  • Coastal view from Tomaree Head summit walk. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Tomaree Head Summit walk

    Tomaree Head Summit walk offers a short but challenging hike and picturesque ocean views across Port Stephens and beyond. Enjoy a well-earned lunch at the summit on the bench by the lookout.


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.