One of Newcastle’s most iconic sites has reopened to the public as its owners shine the spotlight on long-term possibilities.
Access to Nobbys Headland was suspended in January pending a determination of the site’s future use after the end of a licence with business improvement association Newcastle Now.
However, the heritage-listed landmark opened its gates on Saturday and will remain accessible from 8am to 4pm on weekends, as well as cruise ship days.
Opening hours are set to be extended from 7am to 4pm during the summer months.
Nobbys Headland is owned by the Port Authority of NSW, which manages the navigation, security and operational safety needs of commercial shipping in Sydney Harbour, Port Botany, Newcastle Harbour, Port Kembla, Eden and Yamba.
Port Authority will release an Expression of Interest (EOI) for long-term public use of Nobbys Headland from 1 August until 1 December.
“Nobbys Headland is an iconic landmark in Newcastle and a destination for the community and tourists alike,” chief operating officer for Newcastle and Yamba, Emma Fensom, said.
“We’re pleased to announce that the community can again enjoy the spectacular vistas of Newcastle Harbour from one of our famous landmarks.
“We look forward to engaging with the community to find a long-term use for Nobbys Headland that will best serve the people of Newcastle.”
As well as being one of Newcastle’s most beloved locations, Nobbys Headland remains a key piece of operational infrastructure for the safe movement of ships through Newcastle Harbour, with an active signal station and a lighthouse that is owned and operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.