Sitting on a high, narrow headland, Smoky Cape is the most elevated
lighthouse managed by the NPWS, even though its tower is relatively small.
Completely surrounded by the unspoilt coastal scenery of Hat
Head National Park, it is a picture of splendid isolation.
A short walk from the carpark up to the lighthouse gives commanding
views to the north and south - a fantastic vantage point for whale
watching or for just taking in the scenery.
Smoky Cape is one of the last major lighthouse complexes designed by
James Barnet, the Colonial Architect who created most of NSW’s late
Victorian lighthouses. Constructed out of concrete in 1891, it has an
octagonal tower with a prominent balcony.
Accommodation at the lighthouse
Two historic cottages have been comfortably refurbished and are available
You can choose between the Head Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage which
operates as Smoky Cape Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast and the Assistant
Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages for short term, self catered accommodation.
Both offer a unique opportunity to experience the lifestyle of a
lighthouse keeper in spectacular natural and historic surrounds.
The cottages are well positioned for exploring the park including
pristine beaches within easy walking distance.
For enquiries and bookings phone: (02) 6566 6301
The lightstation is reached by a steep, narrow pathway from the
national park. It is 40 kilometres north-east of Kempsey, along the South
West Rocks road. For more details, phone 02 6566 6168.