Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay

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Hornby Lighthouse, also known as South Head Lower Light or South Head Signal Station, is a heritage-listed active lighthouse located on the tip of South Head, New South Wales, Australia, a headland to the north of the suburb Watsons Bay. It marks the southern entrance to Port Jackson and Sydney Harbour, as well as lighting the South Reef, a ledge of submerged rocks. It is the third oldest lighthouse in New South Wales. Designed by Mortimer Lewis and listed on the (now defunct) Register of the National Estate and on the New South Wales State Heritage Register since 2 April 1999, with the following statement of significance:

A dominant Sydney landmark which appears to have been in continuous use since the 1840s as a controlling point for shipping entering and leaving Port Jackson. The building complex, designed by the Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis in the early 1840s, is an architectural important example of an early Victorian public work associated with port activities.
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  • Hornby Lighthouse is quite a historic little spot. It was in the area that the ship named Dunbar, was wrecked with the loss of more than 120 people. The ship used to do the long trip between Britain.....  more »
  • This is one of my favorite spots in Sydney. I take the 324 or 325 bus from Hyde Park in the city to Watson's Bay. This lighthouse is at a place called the South Head and is one of the openings to...  more »
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  • Experience here was just amazing. If you have time and want to spend it with nature then this is the right place to go and witness the beauty of nature. On one side ocean is providing the mesmerizing view and on the other sand you will be in the lap of nature. Everything over here is properly managed and clean. Just explore it.
  • My favourite lighthouse and it is a colourful one! A great short walk from Wastons Bay no matter day or night. There would be a lot of people during daytime, but once I went at midnight to see the light. I enjoyed the quietness hearing only waves and seeing light dimming. Be aware of cliffs!!!

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