December 21st – Tacking Point Lighthouse

Tacking Point Lighthouse

The first significant point about being at the foot of the Tacking Point Lighthouse is that we have commenced our annual holiday season migration north. And it feels good.

Tacking Point Lighthouse sits pride of place just 8 kilometres east of Port Macquarie. It’s a relatively small, however no less significant structure that was constructed in 1879 in response to some 20 shipwrecks in the area in the preceding years.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, it was designed by Colonial Architect (and Dan’s Daily Photo regular) James Barnet.

More significantly, this small structure was just the third lighthouse ever built on the Australian coastline. This specific design was used for a further 4 lighthouses up and down the NSW coast.

So Jim and I have inadvertently bumped into one another again. When you think about it though it clearly demonstrates how significant Mr Barnet’s contributions have been in the shaping the fortunes of this country, particularly in seafaring, which was integral to the rapid spread of colonial life.

I’m particularly fond of this photo. I clambered half way down a grassy slope for this angle. The end result came out really nicely on what can only be described as a picture perfect day on the NSW Mid-north coast.


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