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Smoky Cape

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 for accommodation.

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.


Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town South West Rocks  Height - Elevation 17.4m (57ft) - 128.0m (420ft) 
Lat/Long: 30°55 153°05  Lantern  
Construction White octagonal concrete tower  Lens 1st order 
Built 1891  Character Fl.(3)W. period 20s fl. 0.1s, ec. 3.1s fl. 0.1s, ec. 3.1s fl. 0.1s, ec. 13.5s 
First Lit   Range NM 25W  
Automated 1995     
De-activated   Open Grounds only 
Architect James Barnet  Access Road 
Reference 6016 K 2796  Accommodation Yes 
See Also: Sugarloaf Point 
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