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Located at Crowdy Head, a headland between Forster and Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. The first station in the area was a pilot station established in 1860 at nearby Harrington, assisting ships navigating the entrance of the Manning River.

The panoramic views from the lighthouse reserve are breathtaking. Looking north you can see beyond Diamond Head and the Three Brothers mountains (south, middle and north) which were named by Captain James Cook in 1770 as he sailed up the East Coast. To the south you can see as far as Seal Rocks.

This is a great spot for a bit of whale watching as Crowdy Head is amongst a number of spots on the north coast that has a great easterly position. The whales migrate north to warmer waters during May - July and return during August - October to the rich southern feeding grounds in the Antarctic.

The current lighthouse is the last of five lighthouses of similar design designed and built by James Barnet in 1878-80, the other four being Fingal Head Light, Clarence River Light (now demolished), Tacking Point Lighthouse and Richmond River Light. The original light was a fixed white light from a 4th order catadioptric apparatus with an intensity of less than 1,000 cd. It was manned by one keeper.

In 1928 the apparatus was converted to a carbide lamp (acetylene gas), with an intensity of 1,500 cd. At the same opportunity the light was automated.

The pilot station was closed in the 1960s. In 1972 the light was converted to mains electricity.

The grounds of the lighthouse are open, but the tower is closed.


Destinations to explore near

Crowdy Head Lighthouse

Photos Courtesy Scott Westlake Photography

Distance & direction from Sydney: 339 Klms NE

Elizabeth Street, Crowdy Head

Tel: (02) 6588 5555

Crowdy Head Lighthouse

Historic Site, New South Wales

Crowdy Head Light and quarters, c1902.