Crowdy Head Lighthouse

The Crowdy Head Lighthouse was built in 1878 with a fixed catadioptric light of less than 1,000 candelas.


A pilot station was established in 1860 at nearby Harrington to assist ships navigating the entrance of the Manning River with cargoes of timber, livestock and limestone.

In 1878, a fixed catadioptric light of less than 1,000 candelas was erected on Crowdy Head.

It was the last of a series of small lighthouses designed by James Barnet, the others being Fingal Head, Richmond River, Clarence River and Tacking Point.

The Crowdy Head tower was made of stone and painted white. The original light was a fixed white light of fourth order catadioptric type. It was originally manned by one lightkeeper.

In 1928 the apparatus was converted to automatic acetylene operation providing 1500 candelas and the keepers withdrawn. The light was finally converted to mains electricity in June 1972.

The demise of the shipping industry saw the closure of the pilot station in the 1960s.

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Title Address Description
Tacking Point
Lighthouse Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, AustraliaTacking Point
Crowdy Head
1 Elizabeth St, Crowdy Head NSW 2427, AustraliaCrowdy Head
Sugarloaf Point
1 Kinka Rd, Seal Rocks NSW 2423, AustraliaSugarloaf Point
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Technical Details

First Exhibited1878
Permanent Tower
Current Tower
Location Lat. 31°50'36.45"S Long. 152°45'12.50"E
Original OpticChance Bros 4th Order fixed
Current OpticVega FA-251
CharacterGrp Fl. (2) 10 secs
IntensityWhite 28,000 cd, Red 7,000 cd
Light Source12 Volt 75 Watt Quartz Halogen Lamp
Power SourceMains Electricity
OperatorNSW Transport Maritime Services
CustodianNSW Department of Industry Crown Lands
  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The site is open 24 hrs, but there is no access to the tower.







Associated Lighthouses

Fingal Head

Richmond River

Clarence River

Tacking Point


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