The Wollongong Harbour Lighthouse or the Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse, also known by the locals as the Old Wollongong Lighthouse, is a historic lighthouse situated on the southern breakwater of the heritage-listed Wollongong Harbour in Wollongong, a coastal city south of Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. It was built in 1871 to assist the passage of vessels into the Wollongong Harbour. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1974 and restored in 2002 as operational. It is listed as an official local heritage building.
Wollongong is the only point on the eastern coast of Australia that has two lighthouses, both of which are heritage listed. The second lighthouse called the Wollongong Head Lighthouse is within walking distance of the old lighthouse and is the only active lighthouse. It was also listed as a heritage building in 2000 for being the first automated lighthouse in Australia.
We stopped at Wollongong for lunch while driving to Jervis Bay and enjoyed picturesque views of the Head Lighthouse from the beach there. On our way back, we visited the Old Lighthouse. I was doing a fashion shoot for a Danish clothing company called Cream Clothing (https://www.cream-clothing.com) and had connected with a Wollongong based photographer Brad Chilby (http://chilby.com.au) who knew the best spots for great photos! Brad also does private photo workshops in the area. The place is definitely iconic to the city of Wollongong.
Wollongong harbour is a driving distance of about 90 kilometres south of Sydney.
Wollongong NSW 2500