A visit to Norah Head Lighthouse offers visitors the perfect combination of history and beauty in a geographically stunning location. The lighthouse is an iconic attraction of the Central Coast of NSW and absolutely worth adding to your Central Coast to do list.
The still operational lighthouse welcomes visitors to wander around the outside but Central Coast Weekender highly recommends timing your visit to take advantage of the short 30 minute tour.
Hosted by local volunteers the tour provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the construction, history and current operations of this fantastic piece of living maritime history. Our guide was brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm and was keen to share it with us in an informative and interesting way.
The tour heads up inside the lighthouse climbing the 96 stairs to the top balcony. Your reward for this effort is sweeping 360 degree views of the surrounding ocean, beaches, and lighthouse grounds. It is a beautiful spot to stop and wonder what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family many years ago and to be grateful for the public access allowed at this special site.
A visit to the lighthouse would be of interest to all ages however for visitors with children, we felt that the tour would offer the most enjoyment for school aged children whose attention will be held for longer and who can more competently manage the climb to the top. For younger children the short walk down from the carpark to the lighthouse and a look around the grounds would likely meet their needs.
Available daily commencing at 10am with last tour heading off at 1:00pm. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Cost $6 per adult, $5 per child (6 to 15 years), children 5 and under are free. For a group of 10 or more then a special price of $5 each applies. A family pass is also available for $20.
Bookings can be made by online here for your convenience but are not essential.
Those visitors with limited mobility or fear of heights may find it difficult to negotiate the stairs inside the lighthouse.
Spend a while
Following the tour, take the opportunity to catch some awesome shots of the lighthouse, then meander down to the staircase leading to the rock platform. At low tide it is possible to walk west around the headland to the Norah Head Rockpool which Central Coast Weekender rates as one of the coast’s secret swim spot, a relaxing beautiful spot to take a dip. You can read our review here.
We love the idea of immersing ourselves in the local area by staying at the heritage listed Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters, located in the grounds of the lighthouse. You can read more about the experience here. We have added this to our Central Coast Weekender bucket list!
Bring a picnic to enjoy under the trees in Bush Reserve or if you fancy you will find the Ark cafe, serving scrumptious food and drinks everyday from 8am – 5pm.
No toilet facilities are available in the lighthouse grounds so ensure you come prepared by stopping at the public toilets in Bush Reserve before you visit.
The Norah Head Lighthouse is located at 40 Bush Rd, Norah Head, 12 kilometres north of the Entrance. A carpark is located at the end of Bush Rd, from here a concrete pathway leads down to the lighthouse grounds.
Do you love lighthouses? We think this one is pretty special.
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