Norah Lighthouse

Seaside Stroll: Norah Head Lighthouse Walk Experience (2024)

Nestled in the charming town of Norah Head, the Norah Head Lighthouse Walk is an enchanting coastal trail that weaves through the scenic beauty of the Central Coast in New South Wales (NSW). Offering breathtaking views, the walk introduces the visitors to the iconic Norah Head Lighthouse.

I have an enduring fascination with lighthouses and marvel at their architectural marvels. Witnessing a lighthouse in operation is truly captivating. While their primary role is to signal potential dangers to boats and serve as navigational aids, each lighthouse boasts unique designs, making them distinct landmarks along the coast. Often regarded as the traffic signals of the sea, lighthouses hold a special place in my road trip itineraries across Australia’s coastal routes. For a comprehensive understanding of lighthouse functions and their significance, explore the informative content in the All about lighthouse.

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About Norah Head Lighthouse

Constructed in 1903, Norah Head Lighthouse stands as both a historic and operational landmark, offering a sweeping panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Serving as an active lighthouse, it holds the distinction of being the final residence of a lighthouse keeper in New South Wales (NSW). Positioned at Norah Head, visiting this iconic structure is a must-do while exploring the Central Coast in NSW.

Open on weekends from 10 AM to 1:30 PM, the Norah Head Lighthouse is conveniently located not far from Sydney. This makes it an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend road trip, offering a perfect getaway to explore and unwind just a short drive from Sydney.

Note: While the Norah Head Lighthouse itself does not have on-site cafes or restaurants, there is a dining option conveniently located approximately 200 to 300 meters from the lighthouse.

Norah Head Lighthouse Walk
At the entrance of Norah Head lighthouse

Consider staying at the Norah Head Lighthouse, where two distinct accommodation options are available: the Assistant Lightkeepers’ Quarters and the Head Lightkeepers’ Quarters. Each can accommodate up to 8 people at a time. For booking and availability information, please refer to their official website. Additionally, the lighthouse is renowned for hosting weddings, adding a touch of magic to special occasions.

How to reach Norah Head lighthouse?

  • By Road – Norah Head Lighthouse is located approximately 120 kilometers from Sydney Central Business District (CBD), and the quickest way to reach it is by car, with a driving time of around 2 hours.
    • Ample free parking spaces are available at the lighthouse for visitors.

For fun big things to see on the way, read 11 big things to see in NSW.

  • By Public Transport – Getting to Norah Head Lighthouse from Sydney CBD involves a somewhat complex transportation route. To reach the closest stop to the lighthouse, one would need to take a train and then transfer to two buses.
    • To reach Norah Head Lighthouse from Sydney CBD, take the Central Coast and Newcastle line to Wyong train station from Central train station.
    • Next, board a bus from Wyong train station to Lake Haven bus stop.
    • Finally, catch the last bus from the Lake Haven bus stop to Bungary Road before Maitland Street.
    • The Bungary Road before Maitland Street bus stop is approximately 1 kilometer from the lighthouse.
    • For the latest information on train and bus schedules, visit the Transport for NSW website.

Note: When using public transport in NSW, verifying the schedules, including return journeys, is crucial. Some buses and trains may not run frequently, and there is a possibility of missing the return service if not planned accordingly.

Guided Tour of the Lighthouse

The Norah Head Lighthouse welcomes visitors with guided tours available every day of the year, except on Anzac Day and Christmas Day. The guided tour, priced at AUD 6 per adult, is highly recommended for the immersive experience it provides. During the tour, the guide leads visitors to the lantern tower, offering a unique opportunity to witness the lantern in operation. It’s a pretty cool and fascinating aspect of the tour!

Guided tours can be booked either through their website or upon arrival at the entrance.

Information on Guided tour

My Experience of the Guided Tour

Our guide, Chris, offered a detailed history of the lighthouse and insights into its structural design. Constructed in response to numerous shipwrecks in the late 1800s, the Norah Head Lighthouse stands at an impressive height of around 90 feet (27.5 meters). The tower features 96 steps made of concrete with slate treads and cast iron. The initial three stages of the staircase are of the same size, while the final stage consists of narrow and steep stairs.

Norah Lighthouse

Chris shared intriguing details about deliberate mistakes incorporated during the construction of the lighthouse. Notably, two intentional errors were made on the door: one of the stars was deliberately left incomplete, and the lion-faced the opposite direction compared to the British symbol, deviating from the usual representation.

It is interesting to note that in earlier times, to be employed in the lighthouse, individuals were required to meet specific criteria—they had to be male, married, and of shorter stature.

At the entrance of the lighthouse

Proceeding to the lantern tower, we observed an interesting phenomenon. Despite the appearance of blinking lights from a distance, there were no actual lights blinking; rather, it was the lantern rotating that created this illusion.


I highly recommend taking the 30-minute guided tour. It offers valuable insights into the history and operations of a lighthouse, making it a worthwhile and informative experience.

Norah Head Lighthouse Walk

The Norah Head Lighthouse Walk offers a delightful and educational experience for visitors. This scenic coastal trail, located in Norah Head on the Central Coast of New South Wales (NSW), takes you to the iconic Norah Head Lighthouse. The walk offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, providing visitors with a picturesque coastal experience.

Also Read | Hike To Barrenjoey Lighthouse

The exact distance of the Norah Head Lighthouse Walk can vary depending on the specific path taken and whether you explore additional areas around the lighthouse. However, the core walk to the lighthouse itself is relatively short. The walking trail from the entrance to the lighthouse covers a distance of around 1 kilometer one way.

Other Things to do near Norah Head Lighthouse

There are numerous other activities to enjoy in the area, including:

  • Feed the pelicans at The Entrance.
  • Visit Australian Reptile Park.
  • Sandboard at Port Stephens.

Safety for solo female travelers

Norah Head Lighthouse is considered extremely safe for solo female travelers, with no reported issues and comprehensive monitoring. However, as with any location worldwide, it’s advisable to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night.

Note: My visit to the lighthouse was not a solo trip but part of my trip to the Central Coast.

Closing Notes

Even if you opt not to take the guided tour, I highly recommend visiting this exquisite lighthouse for its breathtaking ocean views. It stands out as one of the rare active lighthouses that allow visitors to ascend the tower and witness the lantern in operation.

If you share a passion for exploring lighthouses in New South Wales (NSW), check out my post on Lighthouses in NSW for information on inactive and active ones in various towns and cities along the East Coast.

If you have experienced Norah Head Lighthouse, I would love to hear about your thoughts and impressions. Feel free to reach out to me at

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