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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse: THE GUIDE
REGION: Mid-North Coast, NSW.
ACCESSIBILITY: Private/hired car or bike.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime, Open 24hrs.
LOCATION: 280km or 3:20 From Sydney CBD* | 138km 1:50 from Port Macquarie centre (Open in Google Maps)
WALKING DISTANCE: Approx 800m one way.
TIME REQUIRED: 30 mins+
TOURIST RATING: Popular for short stays 7/10
*Times are approximate and depend on traffic
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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha.
Lighthouses always hold prime real estate and Sugarloaf is no exception to the rule. Sitting atop the most easterly headland you’ll find after going north from Sydney is a pristine building from the 1800’s whose brilliant whites had us reminiscing of warm summers in Greece.
Sugarloaf lighthouse is a leisurely stroll through the Myall Lakes National Park from the carpark at the end of Kinka Rd, Seal Rocks. You’ll follow the access road through some dense overarching bushland and when the trees start to clear you’ll catch your first glimpse of the lighthouse upon the hill.
To the left you’ll see a break in the headland with waters rushing in and out. Beautiful, but not what we’re here to see, keep walking.
The track will start to incline as you approach the lighthouse cottages – which are now available for as holiday accomodation if you’re interested. The first building you’ll see is a small boat shed looking structure with large wooden doors… we’ll return to this spot later.
Follow the path to the left between the cottages and you’ll see a steep narrow incline ahead with white painted rails running alongside. I won’t lie, the walk up will put your calves to the test. But you can always step off to the side for a breather… I mean to enjoy the views.
Once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with the views out over Sugarloaf Point and Seagull island and you will realise (like I did) why lighthouses played such an important role in navigation back in the day.
Fun fact. According to NSW Parks and Wildlife Sugarloaf Lighthouse is one of only two lighthouses in Australia that has an external stairway so get in and get yo pic.
After taking in the crisp ocean air head back down to the ‘boat shed’ I mentioned before. See that tiny sign with an even tinier arrow? Walk that way!
It will lead you beside the cottage and out to what feels like the most exclusive view in all of Seal Rocks. Bring a picnic, sit down and enjoy the view and if you’re lucky like we were you might even spot a pod of dolphins frolicking in the waters below.
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