A cliffside reserve that is home to Macquarie Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest lighthouse.

Getting To Lighthouse Reserve, Vaucluse

Where Is It?

Lighthouse Reserve is located on Old South Head Road near Cambridge Avenue in Vaucluse. It’s just north of Christison Park and south of Signal Hill Reserve.


The 324 and 380 stop on Old South Head Road.


Old South Head Road, Vaucluse, NSW, 2030


There is onstreet parking on Old South Head Road.


Google Maps Link – Lighthouse Reserve | Vaucluse

Things To Do

Check Out The Famous Macquarie Lighthouse

The first, and longest serving lighthouse in Australia, Macquarie Lighthouse is also known at South Head Upper Light and was completed in 1883. It’s still operational to this day.

Macquarie Lighthouse Sydney

Take In A Spot Of Whale Watching

With incredible views of the Pacific Ocean both North and South, Lighthouse Reserve is one of many fantastic spots to whale watch during the annual Humpback migration periods. Check the link below for more locations, and information on the best time of year to whale watch.

Signal Hill Reserve Coastal Walk Watsons Bay

Walk your pooch up to Signal Hill Reserve or down to Christison Park

Stroll The Coastal Walk

There is a walking track connecting Lighthouse Reserve with Christison Park and Signal Hill Reserve, forming part if the spectacular Eastern Suburbs Coastal Walk. You can find more walks in the Eastern Suburbs at the link below.

The Gap Coastal Walk Watsons Bay

Tread north to check out the amazing views of The Gap and South Head.

Off Leash Dog Walking

Dogs are allowed off leash throughout Lighthouse Reserve, which is pretty cool! It’s a unique spot to play fetch and there’s dog tidy bags and bins on site. You can find more off leash dog walking parks in the Eastern Suburbs at the link below.


  • Food

    Head north to Watsons Bay or south to the junction of New South Head Road and Old South Head Road for cafes and takeaways.

  • Rubbish Bins

    There are rubbish bins and dog tidys in the park.

  • Toilets

    The closest toilets are to the north at Gap Park.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Yes! This is an off leash dog park.

  • Can I lock my bike up?

    No bike lockups but you could chain your bicycle to the wooden fence running the length of the park.


The Gap South Head Walk Watsons Bay

Gap Park | Watsons Bay

Popular Gap Park is just a short walk North of the lighthouse and festures spectacular views, shipwrecks, historic forts and plenty of amenities.

Signal Hill Reserve Gun Emplacements

Signal Hill Reserve | Vaucluse

A small reserve just south of Gap Park with historic fortifications and great news.


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