Seal Rocks is a small, drowsy and instead isolated beach town south of Forster-Tuncurry and 310 kilometres from Sydney. Its popularity relaxes mainly on its attractive lighthouse and the sense of isolation it enjoys. The extremely common dust roadway which divides the town from the main road (Lakes Way) has kept advancement at bay and also there is a solid sensation that the locals are very satisfied with this obstacle to too much advancement.
In spite of resistance to the upgrading of the connecting roadway modification seems unpreventable as there are some extremely genuine destinations: unspoilt searching beaches, a noted diving place, idyllic picnic areas, the close-by Myall Lakes National Park and, most especially, the spectacularly lovely Seal Rocks lighthouse – formally referred to as Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse – which overlooks an unaffected beach and also the team of offshore rough outcrops which offer the location its name.
The rugged and dramatic Seal Rocks are gotten to by driving to the eastern end of the little municipality. However, there are a number of hassle-free roadside stops in the process which offer superb views over the sea, beach as well as shoreline. The view from the parking lot opposite the general store/post office is particularly excellent.
Yagon Camping Area
The branch road adjacent the general store will take you the 3 kilometres to the Yagon camping website within Myall Lakes National Park.
Lighthouse and Seal Rocks
Follow the main road to its end, park your auto and go through eviction. It is a couple of hundred metres to the lighthouse and hunt. Just before you reach them, you will pass an amazing sea cavern where the sea surges via a passage it has actually sculpted at the base of an enormous rock wall surface.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1875. Prior to its conversion to keys electrical power in the 1960s, among the lighthouse keepers created a comprehensive account which remembers a time when the beacons and their caretakers were crucial to delivering around the coastline:
There is an old saying amongst sailors to the result that even more wrecks occur near lighthouses than on unlighted parts of the coastline. There are several reasons for this. The most important are that lights are placed where delivery risks are the best and also where sea website traffic is high.’
No doubt he had his own area in mind when he made this observation as some twenty accidents have actually taken place concerning Seal Rocks considering that the lighthouse was established. As just recently as 1985 the Catterthun, bound from Sydney to China, sunk with a loss of 55 lives. Nevertheless, it is unidentified how many were damaged before the lighthouse increased. The support of the cleaner, the Rainbow, which sunk offshore in 1864, is located simply outside the general store. Its boiler can be located on Boat Beach.
An indicator within the premises declares: ‘The Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse is built on the factor of land bearing that name. The 44-foot (14-metre) tower of brick and cement was erected and apparatus installed at a price of $19,000. The light, which is 258 feet (79 metres) above high water, entered into usage for the first time on 1 December, 1875.
The primary white flashing light, noticeable mixed-up from a range of 22 miles (35 km) was originally of 122,000 candle power, however was enhanced to 174,000 candle power on 1 April, 1923. The light is created by a kerosene vapour heater with the optic, where 16 equidistant effective rays are gradually revolving varying far over land and sea.
In enhancement to the main light, an environment-friendly subsidiary light of 150 candle light power is evaluated a reduced altitude. This thumbs-up, visible from a range of just 3 miles (5 km) is designed to signal close cruising vessels of brewing risks.
Sugarloaf Point lighthouse (Seal Rocks) is operated by a team of 3 skilled lightkeepers and also is one of 56 manned lights being used on the Australian coastline.’
It is not feasible to go into the real building however the accessibility path leads you to an area within metres of the lighthouse as well as its barns.
A subsidiary path leads you around the structures to the lookout over Seal Rocks, a collection of rocky islands which are house to the northernmost nest of Australian Fur Seals. During the summer season reproducing months the seal populace on the rocks is considerable and also they can be seen easily from the mainland, though binoculars improve the view.
There is a camping book adjacent Seal Rocks Beach with on-site vans.