Australia is home to some historic and beautiful lighthouses; tourists will find many dotted along the coast in all states. On your next beach holiday, why not take an afternoon to visit some of the most iconic lighthouses in Australia and discover a part of our history?
Cape Bruny Lighthouse – Tasmania
The third oldest Commonwealth lightstation in the whole of Australia, the Cape Bruny Lightstation can be found on the southwestern edge of the Cape of South Bruny Island – 100km from Hobart. Built in 1838, this lighthouse in Australia stands at 19 metres tall and 105 metres above sea level. It is now only accessible by ferry.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse – South Australia
The first lightstation to be constructed in South Australia, the Cape Willoughby Lightstation can be found on the eastern side of Kangaroo Island to light the passage between the Island and the mainland. Built in 1852, this Australian lighthouse stands at 20.5 metres tall and 75 metres above sea level. The entire lantern apparatus was replaced in 1923, but is still located on site.
Cape Schanck Lighthouse – Victoria
The second lightstation to be built in Victoria, the Cape Schanck Lightstation is situated on the Mornington Peninsula; one and a half hours drive from Melbourne. Built in 1859, this lighthouse Australia is an impressive 21 metres tall and sits 100 metres above sea level.
Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse – New South Wales
Being one of only two Australian lightstations to have external stairs, the Sugarloaf Point Lightstation is located in Seal Rocks, in the northern corner of the Myall Lakes National Park. Built in 1875, this lighthouse in Australia is only 15 metres tall and sits at 75 metres above sea level.
Most lighthouses Australia have been well-cared for by heritage and state government groups, allowing tourists to view the lightstations as they would have looked in their heydays.