Our Top 10 List: Favourite Lighthouses of Australia

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This top-ten list is of our favourite lighthouses, seen in our travels around Australia, mostly from our 2008 around Australia trip.

1. Robe, SA

Robe Lighthouse South Australia

This is actually an obelisk, but serves the same purpose as a lighthouse. That was probably the reason it made it to the top of our lighthouse list – it changed our perception of what is a lighthouse. The horizontal stripes make this quite different from the usual lighthouse design.

2. Queenscliff, VIC

queenscliff lighthouse, victoria Australia

A black lighthouse, very unusual. It does not seem like a logical colour for a lighthouse. It was made from local stone that was black in colour, so maybe they did not have much of a choice. Not sure why they didn’t just paint it white as they do to most other lighthouses.

3. Cape Leeuwin, WA

Cape Leeuwin

The tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, is situated at the most extreme southwest point of Australia. It was formally opened by Sir John Forest on December 10, 1896.

4. Byron Bay, NSW

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Situated on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.

5. Cooktown, QLD

Cooktown Lighthouse

From atop this hill, Captain Cook and some of his men looked out over the barrier reef looking for a way to sail out.

6. Mersey Bluff, TAS

Mersey Bluff

This lighthouse on the northern coast of Tasmania stands out with its unusual vertical red and white stripes.

7. Devonport, TAS

under the lighthouse

A striking solid white lighthouse at Devonport in the north of Tasmania. In the morning light, it was such a startling white, a great spot to have breakfast under.

8. Mt Lofty, SA

mt lofty lighthouse

Not sure if this was a lighthouse too, maybe just a tower that looked a bit like one.

9. Bunbury, WA

Yamba Lighthouse

Black and white checks make this lighthouse stand out among the others. It was moved from Marlston Hill to this location on the foreshore in 1971. It served for 33 years until 1903.

10. Kangaroo Island, SA

Kangaroo Island

This lighthouse on Cape du Couedic opened in 1909, and is now part of the Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. Other lighthouses on Kangaroo Island are Cape Borda and Cape Willoughby.


There were too many interesting lighthouses that we could not just stop at 10.

Here are more great lighthouses that we have come across.

Aireys Inlet (VIC)

Aireys Inlet Lighthouse

Wollongong, NSW

wollongong lighthouse


Pottsville lighthouse

Norah Head (NSW)

newcastle lighthouse

Palm Beach (NSW)

palmbeach lighthouse

Yamba (NSW)

Yamba Lighthouse

and finally one close to home, Rottnest Island (WA)

Rottnest Island Sunset

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