NPWS Lighthouses Conservation Management and Cultural Tourism Plan

The management of 10 historic lighthouses located along the NSW coastline is covered in this plan. Most are within or adjacent to national parks, reserves, marine parks or state conservation areas.

1 November 2001
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Publication, Conservation management plan
  • ISBN 0-73136-4988
  • File PDF 13.9MB
  • Pages 198
  • Name lighthouses-conservation-management-cultural-tourism-plan.pdf

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service(NPWS) has developed a conservation management and cultural tourism plan for the lighthouses. This plan will ensure that the lighthouses are conserved and visitors can enjoy the full cultural and heritage values of these powerful monuments.

Supplementary reports

Nine lighthouses are included in this conservation management plan:

  • Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • South Solitary Island Lighthouse
  • Smoky Cape Lighthouse
  • Point Stephens Lighthouse
  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse
  • Hornby Lighthouse and Inner South Head Cottages
  • Cape Baily Lighthouse 
  • Montague Island Lighthouse 
  • Green Cape Lighthouse

Further information about specific conservation plans for each lighthouse can be found in the NPWS Lighthouses Conservation Management and Cultural Tourism Plan Supplement (PDF 18.4MB).

Supplementary report (2003)

The Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, the 10th historic lighthouse under NPWS management, had a supplementary report developed in March 2003.

This document is a supplementary report to the main NPWS Lighthouses Conservation Management and Cultural Tourism Plan. It joins the supplementary reports developed for the other 9 historic lighthouses in the NPWS collection.

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Precinct Conservation Management Plan should be read in conjunction with the NPWS Lighthouses Conservation Management and Cultural Tourism Plan.

Each of the 10 historic lighthouses managed by OEH has its own style. Some have tall, thin towers rising from the surf, while others sit proudly on top of prominent headlands. Some have powerful lamps sweeping across the ocean, while others are more limited in range. Some are built from granite, others from sandstone or concrete.

But despite their local flavours and differences, these historic landmarks were designed to work as a chain of beacons along the NSW coast, allowing colonial authorities to open up safe routes for trade and commerce to Australia. Built mostly in the late 19th century, our 'coastal highway lights' are from an era when lighthouses and their surrounding cottages were considered important public buildings.'

Learn more about the cultural heritage of lighthouses in NSW.

Photo: Green Cape Lighthouse, Ben Boyd National Park / N Cubbin/OEH