Discover Macquarie Lightstation

To celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival, the Harbour Trust is opening the doors of Sydney’s oldest navigational light source for a special guided tour.

To celebrate the Australian Heritage Festival, Macquarie Lightstation will open its doors to the public for one day only. As you explore Macquarie Lightstation on our 45-minute tour, our knowledgeable guides will share past tales and recent developments behind this iconic Sydney landmark. Learn about the importance of Country for First Nations peoples and some of the stories passed down through generations. Discover the history of the lighthouse from Greenway’s original to Barnet’s homage, including recent archaeological and heritage work being undertaken on the historic Greenway Wall that will ensure its legacy for many years to come. Climb the tower and take in the spectacular view from the lighthouse balcony. Rarely open to the public, this special Australian Heritage Festival tour will shed light on lasting connections between First Nations peoples and Country, as well as the heritage of Sydney’s oldest navigational light source.

Event dates

Event Details

Old South Head Road, Vaucluse, New South Wales

11am - 11:45am
12pm - 12:45pm
1pm - 1:45pm
2pm - 2:45pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 26, Children $ 16, Concession $ 16
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Age restriction: This tour is restricted to people 12 years of age and over. People under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Weather conditions: Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. Participants will be notified via email if the tour is cancelled, and under these circumstances, a full refund will be issued. For safety reasons, the tour may need to be amended on the scheduled day without notice. Maximum number of tour participants: Due to the working nature of the lighthouse and for safety reasons, only 8 visitors are able to enter the lighthouse at any one time accompanied by Harbour Trust staff or volunteers. Accessibility: The base of the lighthouse is accessible via a paved path, however, going inside the building is not suitable for people using a wheelchair, mobility aid or pram. There are 7 steps into the ground floor of the lighthouse and the tower requires visitors to climb and descend 100 steep stairs, as well as move through restricted spaces. To enter onto the balcony, visitors are required to bend down and move through a small door (approx. 600mm x 600mm). A moderate level of fitness is required. The tour is not recommended for people with a fear of heights or those with heart conditions. Public toilets are located approximately 300 metres down the road at Christison Park.