Hornby Lighthouse

Hornby Lighthouse stands tall at South Head, near Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park. The iconic red and white striped tower is surrounded by magnificent views: Sydney Harbour to the west, Middle Head and North Head to the north, and the expansive Pacific Ocean to the east. It’s a great spot for whale watching in winter.

The lighthouse was built in 1858 following the wrecking of the Dunbar at the foot of South Head. Designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson, Hornby Lighthouse was the third lighthouse to be built in NSW.

Hornby Lighthouse is accessible via the South Head heritage trail – an easy walk that leaves from Camp Cove at Watsons Bay, taking you past historic gun emplacements before reaching Hornby Lighthouse.

Nearby events

  1. Taste Orange @ Watsons Bay

    Monday 06 May 2019 , Watsons Bay

    Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is partnering with Brand Orange to bring the country to the coast. With a line up of month long activities including wine master classes and a special Orange wine list in venue, the partnership will culminate in…

    06 May
  2. Whale Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: October 2019 , Watsons Bay

    Discover the Aboriginal heritage of Vaucluse House and join them as they celebrate the annual gawura (‘whale’) migration season with a day of interpretive stories and dance inspired by a series of distinctive engravings carved thousands…