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I have always wanted to stay in a lighthouse.
Being perched high on a cliff overlooking a rugged coastline seemed exhilarating to me. I also liked the idea of getting nice and cozy inside whilst the wild weather did its thing outside.
Images of passing ships and distant encounters with migrating wildlife also come to mind. We came close to experiencing a lighthouse stay many times whilst living in Ireland back in 2002, but never quite got there.
10 Years Later
We had been in serious need of a getaway and to spend a relaxing few days together. Just the four of us hanging out, cooking some nice food and enjoying a slice of nature was long overdue.
So when the opportunity came up to go and spend a few nights at Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse in Seal Rocks we jumped at it.
Located upon rugged cliffs in the sleepy fishing village of Seal Rocks, just three hours drive from Sydney, Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse is heritage listed having been built in 1875.
Whilst we wouldn’t actually be sleeping inside the lighthouse, the historic keeper’s cottage was the next best thing.
Its secluded location was everything we had been looking for with pristine beaches, coastal walks, rockpools, and the opportunity to see migrating whales all on offer.
The road leading up to the lighthouse immediately gave us a feeling of tranquillity as it cut its way through the magnificent trees that boarded the driveway.
The Self-Contained Keeper”s Cottages
Just below the lighthouse perched high on the cliff are the fully self-contained and historic keeper’s cottages beautifully restored and full of character and warmth.
You have the option of 3 cottages with the head keeper’s cottage containing 3 queen bedrooms and all cottages come with a modern kitchen and full of all the conveniences and charm you could wish for. Perfect for a family getaway, or grab a group of friends.
The highlight of a stay at Sugar loaf Point would have to be the expansive views over Lighthouse Beach. Either sit on your front porch or grab a book (or your laptop) and a coffee and admire the view from your interior sun room.
The Local Area
It’s an easy stroll into the village of Seal Rocks which is a very peaceful fishing village offering clear bays for swimming, snorkelling, boating and fishing. Or simply take a nature walk and enjoy the fresh air.
Location: 3 hours north of Sydney and 2 hours south of Port Macquarie on the mid north coast of New South Wales.