Lighthouse Arts is a multi-arts activation of Nobbys-Whibayganba headland cottages to support the region’s unique and diverse arts, culture, and tourism.
The initiative is led by a diverse group of cultural leaders who seek to celebrate Awabakal culture, historic and maritime heritage, and provide a safe and collaborative space for local creatives while celebrating the region’s iconic landmark.
Lighthouse Arts was established through a partnership between Hunter Writers Centre, local government (The City of Newcastle Industry Response Taskforce), state government (Port Authority NSW) and the creative communities of Newcastle.
Lighthouse Arts is consistent with Port Authority NSW’s community consultation around use of the site.
We are thrilled to connect state and local government policies with the needs of the arts and culture sector.
Lighthouse Arts includes: studio spaces, an exhibition space, an arts trading store and live events.
Follow our social media for the latest events and activities.
The Nobbys-Whibayganba headland on Awabakal country was once an island but today is connected to the mainland by the recently renovated pier. When you arrive at Nobbys Beach carpark, walk 550 metres along the pier – a continuous, level pathway – to the gateway entrance. From the entrance, the pathway to the cottages is 230 metres. The second part of this road is steep.
Buses will take you to the corner of King St and Watt St, Newcastle. It is a 20 min walk from there to Lighthouse Arts.
Light Rail: the best stop to alight is Newcastle Beach stop in Scott St. Walk east and turn left into Telford St, descend the steps into Foreshore Park and the Lighthouse will come into view. From there, it is a 15 minute walk to Lighthouse Arts.
Bike to the top of the headland. The last 100 metres are steep.
Drive: Free parking is available at Nobbys Beach carpark, Horseshoe Beach Carpark or Fort Drive. There is accessible parking at Nobbys Beach carpark.
At the site there is some uneven ground. Ramps are available for access into the cottages. Guide dogs and Assistance dogs are welcome. If you have any queries or would like a copy of our Disability Action plan contact a member of our team via LighthouseArts@hunterwriterscentre.org
Lighthouse Arts opens at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays
but the site is open to the public
8am – 4pm
Be sure to check our social media for the latest updates.
We are not open when the weather is extreme (eg. winds > 30knots)
The exhibition space presents various themed exhibitions throughout the year. The Arts Trading Store sells work by local creatives: books, cards, ceramics, paintings, jewellery, scarves, bags, t-shirts, and much more for all ages.
Entry is free to the headland and to the exhibitions.
Many live events will be free to attend.
Note: this is an exposed site. The ramp to the headland is steep. See more information under Location and Access FAQ
Your furry companion is more than welcome to visit the outdoor spaces surrounding the cottages but must remain on a leash at all times.
Bicycles and skateboards are permitted on Nobbys-Whibayganba headland, but please remember to give way to pedestrians on shared paths.
Our COVID-19 Safety Plan is in line with current government guidelines.
Read the FAQs below or listen to Kazz Crofts chat about Lighthouse Arts
with Paul Turton on ABC Newcastle (Dec 2021, 8 mins)