Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve

Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve

Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve
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Charmaine Y
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A lovely light house. The museum was very interesting and only needed a gold coin donation. The car park is small, we were lucky to get a park. The tearoom was busy but the scones and drink didn’t take too long. Really nice scones. The gift shop had some interesting things to buy.
Written 29 October 2023
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Catherine C
Sydney, Australia48 contributions
July 2023
We went with friends who are familiar with the area and it lived up to everything they had raved about. Great historic museum and to top it all off, amazing scones and coffee at the adjoining cafe with gorgeous views.
Written 2 August 2023
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craftychic2013
Melbourne, Australia146 contributions
July 2023 • Couples
The views were amazing, we ate at the tea rooms literally with the rosellas, so many of them ! The museum was very interesting with all the artefacts & shipwreck info . Easy to get a park up there, great for photos also
Written 26 July 2023
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yazitravels
Bordeaux, France415 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
The most spectacular view I have seen since I left brisbane. The view is just breathing, the Crystal water, sand ,ocean and the two islands at the back. Mamma Mia! The lighthouse museum is interesting to walk through. We had a coffee at the tea room, staff friendly and view spectacular.
Written 31 March 2023
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jenny335
Sydney, Australia139 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
We had Devonshire tea here the Rainbow Lorikeets were very friendly and shared our Scones .Loved the experienceb
Written 23 October 2022
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Tamara A
Glenmore Park, Australia97 contributions
Sept 2022
Fabulous view, but you can get that other places in the area. An interesting "lighthouse" as it is different to most with excellent and friendly volunteers. Unfortunately parking can be tricky as there is not much of it and it shares with the cafe, also the WWII bunker etc is not able to be viewed.
Written 16 September 2022
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Eric H
3 contributions
Sept 2022
great spot, terrific history museum, awesome view and still well worth the walk up the hill if the car park is full
Written 14 September 2022
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reins76
Scone, Australia1,249 contributions
May 2022
A lovely outlook over Port Stephens. Not much more to say. I would rate it behind views from Gan Gan, from the South Head and Fingal bay, so if you are short on time this may be one to skip.
Written 1 June 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,489 contributions
Apr 2022
The lighthouse museum was an unexpectedly great activity. Nelson Bay is mainly all about the beaches and the Marina but if you want a short break from the sand and sea, I’d recommend a detour to this 19th century lighthouse.
It’s not a conventional looking lighthouse. Instead the beacons are contained within the front room of this lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The room is now maintained as a small museum. Entry is by gold coin donation.
Unfortunately the morning we went it closed early because they were short on volunteers to man it so we missed out. Even with this small disappointment, it was still worth visiting because the views are so good from here.
From the headland, the view extends across Port Stephens and beyond. It really is a magical lookout point. On a bright, sunny blue-sky day we could see Shoal Bay, Boondelbah Island, Tomaree Point, and Mt Yaccaba very clearly.
The cafe (also housed within the cottage) is lovely and has the same beautiful views. We sat outside under a shady tree and had a very nice brunch, followed by scones and tea (the large, fluffy scones are their specialty).
The lighthouse is easy to get to. Its very close to central Nelson Bay and even walking all the way from the marina, its only a 20 - 25 min. The walk ]is a nice way to see a lot of Nelson Bay. Starting at the marina, we walked along Nelson Bay Beach, stopped briefly at Fly Point Bay and continued on to Little Beach. From here a short, narrow road leads from Halifax Holiday Park up to the lighthouse. You can drive up and park at the top but it’s not difficult to walk. It’s only a short uphill stretch and the slope is fairly gentle.
Written 24 April 2022
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hanna001_11
Sydney, Australia36 contributions
Mar 2022
We only found this place just before we were leaving. Wish we had found it earlier to have the devenshire tea. Very interesting information about the history of the place. Very well kept building & grounds (what else do you expect from volunteers??) Great views from top of the hill Well worth finding. Narrow road up, near Hallifax Holiday Park.
Written 27 March 2022
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