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. Nielsen Park bush regeneration group

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Tuesday 10 July 2018 , Watsons Bay

    If you’re interested in volunteer work involving bush regeneration in Sydney Harbour National Park, then the Nielsen Park bush regeneration group might be for you. This volunteer group meets in the picturesque Nielsen Park in Vaucluse every…

    29 May - 10 Jul
  2. Whale Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2018 , Watsons Bay

    Discover the Aboriginal heritage of Vaucluse House and celebrate the Gawura Season of migrating whales. Join them for a traditional Smoking Ceremony, dance performances, a cultural cook-up by Fred's Bush Tucker, and more.…

    11 Nov