National Parks and Wildlife Service
This lighthouse is located within Tomaree National Park. The keepers' cottages here were badly damaged by a fire set by vandals in the 1980s. The original lantern was removed from the lighthouse in 1973, and it has been restored by the Nelson Bay Lions and incorporated into a tourist information center at Nelson Bay.
Tower Height: 69
Height of Focal Plane: 125
Characteristic and Range: Four white flashes every 30 seconds, range 17 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White, conical sandstone tower with flared base.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1862
Date Present Tower Built: 1862
Date Automated: 1922
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
Tomaree National Park is 50 km north of Newcastle or 3 km north-east of Nelson Bay. Access is via Shoal Bay or Gan Gan Road. The lighthouse is on an island connected to the mainland by a sand spit. It's recommended never to cross during a rising sea or tide.