Summary: Probably the most unusual trig station in Sydney, the Bahai Temple is an officially recognised trigonometric point, which is visible from a long way away.

The Baha’i House of Worship (or Baha’i Temple) in Ingleside is a rather unusual (passive) trig point… but it it is recognised as a trig station, and does have an official code. It’s one of the most effective trig stations, with the distinctive dome being visible from a long distance away. In fact, it’s often the only trig point you can still see from the many other trig stations in its vicinity.

Bahai Temple

The height from the basement to the top of the spire is 39.6m (so while the trig height is 240m, the elevation of the hill is 198m). Construction of the Bahai Temple began in 1957, and it was completed in 1961. The pre-fabricated lantern structure was placed on the completed dome by a helicopter.

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Getting to the Bahai Temple

The Baha’i Temple is located at 173 Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, near Sydney’s northern beaches, about half an hour north of Sydney. The entrance is well sign-posted and there is a large carpark.

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Consider to be among Sydney’s four most significant religious buildings constructed in the twentieth century. Anyone can visit the temple (which is open seven days a week) and its extensive manicured gardens. There’s also an Information Centre, bookshop and “covered open-air” picnic area.

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Bahai Temple – an unusual trig station

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