In the early to mid 19th Century the main contact for the coastal towns of the north coast of New South Wales was sea transport. There were no roads and the railways were only just beginning.
There were few lights and in the Tacking Point area more than 20 wrecks occurred, the first being the schooner Black Joe in 1823, and the steamer Sumatra in the same year.
In 1879 a fixed catadioptric light of less than 1000 candelas was erected on Tacking Point.
The structure is built of cement-rendered bricks and because of the elevation only needed to be 8 metres high.
The apparatus was converted from wick oil light in 1919 to automatic acetylene operation. The light was then converted to mains electricity in 1974.
As a result of automation the keepers were withdrawn after 40 years of service.
The foundations of the keeper's cottage can still be seen.Keepers
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NEAREST TOWN: Port Macquarie
DISTANCE: 8 km (Port Macquarie)
: 399 km (Sydney)
ACCESS: Reserve is accessible to the public
LOCATION: Latitude 31° 28.7 S. Longitude 152° 56.2 E. (map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CONSTRUCTION: Cement-rendered Bricks
CHARACTER: Group Flashing 4 every 20 seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 12 Volt 75 Watt Quartz Halogen Lamp, FA 251 Beacon
POWER SOURCE: Mains Electricity, battery backup
INTENSITY: 12,800 cd
ELEVATION: 34 metres
RANGE: 16 nautical miles
HEIGHT: 8 metres
CUSTODIAN: Dept Infrastructure, Planning & Natural Resources