Lookouts and scenic vantage points
Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse
Wheelchair access: hard
Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty
Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse stands on a dramatic headland east of Seal Rocks village. Completed in 1875, it is the first lighthouse designed by colonial architect James Barnet and one of only two towers in Australia with an external stairway. Built to guide ships along the rocky coastline; the second most easterly point of Australia, after a number of incidents, including the shipwrecking of the SS Catterthun and the Rainbow. Despite the coast being illuminated by the lighthouse, 20 wrecks have occurred since the lighthouse was built.
Below the lighthouse are the Lighthouse Keepers’ quarters and outbuildings that have been refurbished to offer holiday accommodation for visitors. On the grassy slopes next to the lookout point and cliff edge, you’ll see three memorials dedicated to people associated with the lighthouse.
Sugarloaf Point is a top spot for watching whales as they migrate on their journey along the coast. You might also be lucky enough to see dolphins, down on lighthouse beach.
Activities: sightseeing, whale watching
shown on Sugarloaf Point to Shelley Beach map
Getting there: Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse is in the Sugarloaf Point to Shelley Beach precinct of Myall Lakes National Park. To get there take Lakes Way from the Pacific Highway and Seal Rocks Road at Bungwahl.
Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.
Opening hours: Sugarloaf Point is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.