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Important information: tickets for visiting Nobbys

21 February 2011 | Posted in: News


Cherry Pickers by Christopher May

We have received so many excited enquiries about the Newcastle Morning Photos exhibition and public access Open Days to Nobbys, so we know this adventure is going to be popular with locals and tourists alike.

NSW Govemment Land and Property Managent Authority (LPMA) are managing the Public Access Open Days on 25-27 February 2011 and 11-13 March 2011, with the assistance of L!vesites and SES Volunteers.

As visitor numbers to the site at any one time must be limited for safety reasons, LPMA have established a ticketing system. This was announced by Minister for the Hunter and Member for Newcastle, Jodi McKay, on Friday 18 February. The tickets are FREE.

LPMA has provided this guide to visiting Nobbys:


::Entry will be restricted to a maximum of 125 visitors at any one time.

::Visitor sessions will be for 30 minutes duration between the opening hours of 10am to 4pm.

::Bring your ticket to the Gate in time for your session. The Gate is located approximately 550m from Nobbys Beach Carpark, along Macquarie Pier. It is a further 250m uphill to the lighthouse site.


The tickets are FREE, and we strongly suggest you pre-order your ticket. Tickets are available from:

::the Ticketek outlet at 375 Hunter St Newcastle

::by phoning Ticketek outlet Newcastle (02) 4929 1977

::a mobile Ticketek outlet at Nobbys Beach car park during each Open Day


::It is a 10-15 minute walk (550m) from the bollard at Nobby’s Carpark along Macquarie Pier to the Gate, then it is a further 5 minutes uphill (250m) to the site. So allow yourself enough time to take it easy!

::Your ticket is for timed entry beyond the Gate – arrive on time so you get your full 30 minutes up at the site.

::Please be patient with our volunteers while waiting.

::The site is by its nature isloated and prone to wind, so come prepared: walking shoes, comfortable cool clothes, hat & other sun protection, perhaps a light jacket against the wind.

::There are no toilets up at the lighthouse, the nearest amenities are at Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club.

::Parking at Nobbys Beach is limited, so leave the car at home. Travel by public transport to Newcastle Station, then walk along the foreshore to Nobbys Beach (approx 10mins)

To provide Feedback to LPMA about your Open Day visit, go to their Feedback Form.

Have a look at this map to help get to the site:

View Nobby’s Head Signal Station & Lighthouse in a larger map