Wollongong Head Lighthouse, Wollongong

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The Wollongong Head Lighthouse, also known as Flagstaff Lighthouse or Flagstaff Point Light, is an active lighthouse located adjacent to the heritage-listed Wollongong Harbour precinct in Wollongong, a coastal city south of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It overlooks the Tasman Sea from the top of Flagstaff Point, directly east of the city centre. Wollongong is the only place in the east of Australia to have two lighthouses located in close proximity of each other, the other being Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse.
Wollongong Harbour is home to private vessels and the local fishing fleet in its inner Belmore Basin. South of the city is Port Kembla, a major steelmaking, minerals, grain and vehicle handling harbour. A further hazard to shipping is an island group known collectively as The Five Islands lying a short distance off the coast.
Built by the Department of Shipping and Transport in 1936 to guide maritime traffic into Port Kembla Harbour located to the south. It was not only the first new lighthouse in New South Wales since 1903 but also the first to install fully automatic flashing lights. The tower is constructed of reinforced concrete to withstand the strong winds and splashing waves where it stands on the eastern side of Flagstaff Point.
The light is coloured white and red. White with a 4.5 second duration is visible through 100 degrees, while red is visible through 80 degrees. The latter indicates the presence of shallow water. Three 68 pounder cannons (now defunct) were installed near its base in 1879 to repel any possible attacks by the Russian navy. It finally became the sole functioning lighthouse at Flagstaff Point when the old Wollongong Lighthouse situated only a few hundred metres away on the Belmore Basin to the north was discontinued in 1974.
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  • The lighthouse might look like a distance away from the Novotel where I stayed but it’s easily reachable with a 10 minute slow jog. Beautiful vistas of the ocean from the lighthouse.  more »
  • Nice vantage point at the end of a beautiful and very well-groomed long sea. Clearly recommended to see a beautiful sunset
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  • This is a lovely place for a family picnic or a day trip. Great views out to the ocean and over Wollongong Harbour and nearby beaches. Cafes and restaurants within a walking distance. Scenery from the Lighthouse is beautiful and is situated on a grassed area at the top of the hills, although access into the lighthouse is not allowed it is worth a visit just for the stunning views over the lovely sandy beach and the harbour. Adjacent to the lighthouse there are three cannons that are popular to sit on while having your photo taken. The little lighthouse is also a good walk and is just around the corner.
  • The view is beautiful. However, there are few constructions that might be a bother. There are plenty parking space and seating area to enjoy the view or to have a picnic

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