Any of you who’ve joined us on a Story of Sydney tour would know our guides are all absolute experts on Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and all things related to him – including the Macquarie Lighthouse, Australia’s first and longest-serving lighthouse.
The Macquarie Lighthouse, located in Vaucluse in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, was built in 1883, although there’s been a lighthouse located at this sight since the early days of European settlement.
Governor Macquarie commissioned well-known convict architect Frances Greenway – who later became the famous face on our paper $10 notes – to build it under his direction from Sydney sandstone. The lighthouse operated until the 1980’s, when it was decommissioned, and was finally handed over to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust in 2001 for future management.
These days, the Lighthouse is open just a few times a year to the public, with the next open date coming up in a little under 2 weeks on October 29th. Click HERE to find out more.
Save the date and make your way to our Harbour’s South Head to learn more about the remarkable history of this beautiful building and the role it played in the fledgling colony of Sydney.
Or, join us on our next Story of Sydney tour and hear all about this, and many other fascinating historical tales, from one of our fully qualified and passionate tour guides.