There’s no more iconic a location for wedding photographs south of Sydney than the historic Wollongong Lighthouse. Of course, there are in fact two lighthouses in Wollongong and both are good for photographs but the newer, bigger one located on Flagstaff Point rather than the one on the breakwater is our preferred location.
Whether it’s a blazing hot day or a storm is brewing off the coast, being beside the water provides you with a refreshing breeze that picks up the bride’s veil and whips it around dramatically. Mind you, the wind will also catch any rose petals thrown by the flowergirl as she seeks to amuse herself.
The area is often a popular spot for tourists but there is a fair amount of space so it should be possible to find yourself an area free of onlookers. And, standing on one of the wide grass expanses, you and the bridal party will be captivated by the ocean views.
Naturally, many of your photographs will have the lighthouse in it. It makes sense as it is the central feature at the site. But if you happen to be there at the same time as the Mr Whippy ice-cream van is in the car park, a shot with the bright pink vehicle will boldly stand out from the norm, especially if you’re there on one of those “picture postcard” blue sky days.
Yet there are other photographic opportunities around the harbour including the row of dinghies on the beach, the large boulders of the breakwater and the old, corrugated-iron building where the fishing trawlers come in. The options are endless!