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 -
The current lighthouse is the last of five lighthouses of similar design designed and built by James Barnet in 1878-
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.
Distance & direction from Sydney: 339 Klms NE
Elizabeth Street, Crowdy Head
Tel: (02) 6588 5555