A unique surf life saving icon

The Redhead Shark Tower was constructed during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, using timber from a nearby disused coal mine and relief labour for unemployed local men. 

The four vertical posts supporting the lookout platform are original and could be over 100 years old. The structure is six metres in height, and the lookout platform sits approximately 9-10 metres above sea level.

Believed to be the only remaining structure of its kind on Australia’s east coast, the Tower is long past use for observational purposes.  It remains an enduring symbol of Lake Macquarie’s beach culture, and a perennially popular subject for local and visiting photographers.


Parking available at Redhead Surf Life Saving Club, off Beach Road, Redhead

  • Redhead Beach is seasonally patrolled, and offers excellent surf as well as miles of golden sand to stretch your legs. 

  • Hike up to the top of headland for astonishing views over the coastline; another amazing photography location.

  • History lovers don’t miss a glimpse of the restored Lambton Colliery, site of Australia’s first fully mechanised mine. Corner of Collier Street and Geraldton Drive. 

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