Nobbys Lighthouse, Newcastle

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#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in Newcastle
Nobbys Head Light is an active lighthouse on Nobbys Head, a headland on the south side of the entrance to Newcastle Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. An image of the lighthouse is included in the Coat of Arms of the City of Newcastle.
The lighthouse is operated by the Newcastle Port Corporation. The headland is managed by the Land Property Management Authority and is open to the public Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
The first beacon in the area was an open coal fire set on Signal Head, with a range of. This was changed in 1821 to a large metal device burning oil, which was visible for, but shortly reverted to coal as the oil system was not reliable.
By 1846 Nobbys Head, originally a small islet more than high, was connected to the mainland with a causeway. The island was reduced in height to improve the sailing conditions and to accommodate a lighthouse and signal station, built in 1858. The lighthouse was designed by Alexander Dawson. The original light had an intensity of 20,000 cd and was attended by three lighthouse keepers.
In 1934 the light was electrified and automated.
The current light source is a 120 volt 1000W, quartz halogen lamp and the power source is mains electricity with a diesel generator as backup. Currently at the site are three one-story keeper's houses, a three-story signal station, and other buildings housing the port watch. The entire station is floodlit at night.
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  • The lighthouse is a long walk so if you have a disability like me where walking is out of the question give this attraction a miss but I if you are healthy it would be a lovely walk to and from the li...  more »
  • I hear they have guided tours occasionally but otherwise the lighthouse is inaccessible. Unfortunately, the whole hill is blocked off, which is a pity as it must have great views.  more »
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  • A really nice hidden gem for a day out in Newcastle. The cottages have really interesting photos, information and history about the lighthouse. There's a coffee truck and future development there as well. Highly recommend for a Sunday adventure
  • Such a beautiful spot to see the ocean. We were even lucky to spot a couple of seals today. Amazing spot after a long walk.

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