Tacoma, New South Wales, Australia
January 3, 2003
The Smoky Cape Lighthouse remains operational to this day, but, needless to say, it has gone through many changes from the days of horse-drawn carts and pre automated operation.
There is a small charge to have a guided tour inside the lighthouse and bookings are essential during the summer holidays.
The numbers to phone to place a booking are 61/2-65666168 or 61/2-65666301.
The price is $12 (Australian) for adults and $6 (Australian) for children. There is a special price for families of A$30 for two adults and two children.
We opted not to do the tour but decided to just walk around the outside taking in the amazing views of Smoky Cape and the headlands and the beaches that are situated to both north and south of the lighthouse.
There is also and small display situated, at the bottom of the small hill that leads up to the lighthouse, in what used to be the stables for the livestock. This display gives you a basic outline of the history of the lighthouse--when it was erected, details about the former lighthouse keepers, and the history of the surrounding area.
There is also a map in the stables which highlights all the buildings and items of interest and describes what they are and what they were used for.
The old lighthouse keepers cottages have now been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation. I am unsure of the price of a cottage for the weekend, but the number to phone to find out is 61/2-65666301.
From journal Kempsey Shire and South