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Published July 9th 2018
Climb the stairs and be welcomed to breathtaking views
Constructed in 1818 and rebuilt in 1883, Macquarie Lightstation is the oldest and longest-serving lighthouse in Australia (still in operation today). And every two months opportunities to explore and learn about the history about this mighty Lightstation can be experienced.
Every two months, the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust hold 20-minute guided tours which include discovering the fascinating history of this Lightstation as well as an opportunity to climb 100 stair-steps to the top and out to the balcony, where spectacular uninterrupted views of the harbour and Sydney city can be enjoyed.
Macquarie Lighthouse was originally designed by convict architect Francis Greenway, which was commenced in 1816 and finished in 1818, during which time Francis Greenway was given his freedom as Governor Macquarie was so pleased with the lighthouse.
The Museum features informative and interesting information about Macquarie Lightstation & other Lighthouses as well as showcasing artefacts.
Sadly, the first lighthouse fell in despair as the locally-sourced sandstone used to build the tower began to erode and the tower was then held together with iron hoops before being replaced with a new tower.
In 1883 the white-painted lighthouse was replaced. The new Lightstation was designed by James Barnett and resembled the original. For a short time, both towers stood side-to-side before the original was demolished.
An amazing view from one of the windows inside the Lightstation.
The Lightstation was powered by a number of oil lamps that revolved using a weight system and in 1976, it became a fully automated light. Today, this amazing Lighthouse is still used for its original purpose; a guiding light for sailors showing the way to the harbour entrance.
One of the most indisputable and breathtaking views can be seen from the balcony at the Lightstation.
The Tour takes you up the 100 steps to the top of the Lighthouse Tower, as you walk up the stairs you will notice the different shapes of windows, from arched to circle to square and each window offers a completely different view.
One of, if not the best views of Sydney city and its wonderful surroundings can be seen from the balcony at the Lightstation too.
The Tour not only allows you to explore and experience inside Macquarie Lightstation it also takes you into the history - from the lighthouses position to the construction and the stories about first lighthouse keeper Robert Watson, who Watsons Bay was named after!
Tours are held every two months- see website for next Tour dates.
Do note that a good level of mobility is required, with an ability to walk up 100 stair steps and not be affected by heights. If conditions are too windy, access to the balcony will not be possible and will be determined by the guides on the day.
Large bags and items must be left on ground level.