Macquarie Lighthouse


Image credit: Ramshah Shariff

Named after Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821, the Macquarie Lighthouse is the oldest in Australia. Situated on Dunbar Head in Vaucluse, it acted as a crucial navigational aid as ships headed towards the entrance of Sydney Harbour.

Convict architect, Francis Greenway designed the lighthouse and constructed it with soft sandstone in 1818. There have been renovations since then as the soft sandstone proved short-lived and the current lighthouse that stands now was completed in 1883.

The admission into the lighthouse grounds is free and is open daily, providing uninterrupted views of the picturesque harbour at any time.


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