Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong
You can't be in Wollongong without visiting The Lighthouse. From here you get a great view of both South Beach and North Beach. Pack some lunch as there are tables and chairs scattered throughout the park for your perusual. Alternatively, just pack a blanket. The ice cream van is usually within the vacinity for the kids.
This is a popular spot midweek for workers to drive and have lunch.
But be warned, its also the hangout for those with their "hotted up" cars. There used to be problems here with drag races, burnouts and the like. Now the area is closed to cars after 5pm. They do still tend to congregate here, especially for weekends, meeting, showing off their cars etc. Generally, these people are absolutely harmless.
Take a walk along the port of Wollongong and you will see this great light-tower next to some cannons on top of a small hill that gives you also a good panorama-view of the town and its beaches.
Close to that lighttower you will find a great beach with toilets, changing facilities and even showers, totally free of charge and open all day and night.
Its always a pleasurable stroll up and around Wollongong Harbour, the Fishmarkets, the Boat Harbour and the 2 lighthouses. We used to go down there a lot when the boys were little, to let them play on the park and also they used to love climbing around the cement blocks that form the break-wall.
This first picture was taken in early 1996, see the 2 boys standing at the bottom of the lighthouse. This is the old lighthouse, still standing but not too well preserved and not used.
Even the newer lighthouse is not used these days, modern technology has taken over. The main lighthouse is on the hill, near the old cannons, a very picturesque part of Wollongong with great views.
Also a great place to explore and chill at is down at the "Nuns" Pool which is in between South Beach and Belmore Basin. Lots of rock pools to explore here.
The old Wollongong Harbour Lighthouse is located on the end of the breakwater, assisted the passage of vessels into the Wollongong Harbour.
According to its website,the lighthouse was built in 1871, is situated in the Belmore Basin on the southern breakwater.
Edward Orphan Moriarty, the Engineer-in-Chief of Harbours and Rivers Department, NSW, designed the Lighthouse.
The tower is constructed of wrought iron on a ferro-concrete base.
Joseph Mather won the contract to build the lighthouse, as well as an identical one which was built next at Ulladulla, later moved to Warden Head.
The wrought iron plates were designed and assembled in his foundry, after which they assembled them on site.
Aside from this great historical architectural marvel, around the lighthouse are more wonderful views of the water and the city. The areas are just steeped with history and culture!
It is not known when the original oil burner was replaced. Gas was supplied to the town in 1883. It is known in 1908 that a Kern Gas Burner was installed.
Flagstaff Hill is the name given to the point in between South Beach and North Beach where the lighthouse is. This is always a popular place, in summer mainly, but any time of the year really. The point is always a congregating point and photo opportunity for Formals, with great pics to be taken up there. Its just a nice stroll up and around the point, looking out to sea. The old cannons up on the hill are fun for kids to play on as well .. and if youve maybe had some liquid refreshments you can do your own little rendetion of .... "If I could turn back time" by Cher!!!! (or maybe not hahaha)
The smaller old Lighthouse is just off the breakwall, and is just a nice place to sit and watch the world go by. I have some great pics of the kids when they were little taken sitting on the lighthouse.
The lighthouse in Wollongong is a traditional white large lighthouse, that guides ships along the east coast of Australia. The area around the lighthouse is a great place to relax, with several parks, beaches and restaurants close by. The harbour with the fishmarket is worth checking out.
Our stop in Wollongong was quite brief, but as it looked attractive, we took time to have a small stop at the lighthouse.