The Smoky Cape Lighthouse
is at Had Head, midway between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
It is a beautiful part of the world and the views are remarkable. The area is popular for the scenery, wildlife and bird watching, and swimming at the nearby beach. During May to July it is possible to watch humpback and southern right whales from here on their migration to northern waters.
Visitors can drive to the lighthouse area and then walk the short but steep distance to the lighthouse. The road is 2WD access.
The lighthouse itself was built in 1891 and is heritage listed. Somewhat romantically, the area was named Smoky Cape by Captain Cook, who saw the smokey haze of indigenous fires burning in the distance and named the headland Smoky Cape. The lightwas was designed by Colonial Architect, James Barnet, and is one of the last he ever designed. Guided tours of the lighthouse are currently available Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm. Call (02) 6566 6301 to book a tour.
Smoky Cape is a part of Hat Head National Park
and as such, normal national park guidelines apply.
Accommodation is available either at the Smoky Cape camp ground or at the beautiful lighthouse keeper's cottages
. These cottages offer a bed and breakfast, self contained accommodation. There are two bedrooms that sleep 6 people. For bookings, see the website here
. Due to the amazing vistas and beautiful lighthouse scenery, it is popular for weddings, which can also be booked on the same link.
To get to the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, take the Arakoon Road from South West Rocks, and turn into Lighthouse Road. Follow the signs to Smoky Cape Lighthouse.