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.

Robe Lighthouse South Australia

1. Robe, SA

This is actually an oblisk, 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.

queenscliff lighthouse, victoria Australia

2. Queenscliff, VIC

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 like they do to most other lighthouses.

Cape Leeuwin

3. Cape Leeuwin, WA

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

Byron Bay Lighthouse

4. Byron Bay, NSW

Situated on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.

Cooktown Lighthouse

5. Cooktown, QLD

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

Mersey Bluff

6. Mersey Bluff, TAS

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

Devonport Lighthouse

7. Devonport, TAS

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.

Mt Lofty

8. Mt Lofty, SA

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

Yamba Lighthouse

9. Bunbury, WA

Black and white checks makes 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.

Kangaroo Island

10. Kangaroo Island, SA

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 lighthouse that we could not just stop at 10. Here are more great lighthouses that we have come across.

Aireys Inlet Lighthouse Aireys Inlet (VIC)
Woolongong Lighthouse Wollongong, NSW
Pottsville lighthouse Pottsville
unknown Norah Head (NSW)
Palm Beach Lighthouse Palm Beach (NSW)
Yamba Lighthouse Yamba (NSW)

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

Rottnest Island Lighthouse

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