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
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
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
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
Situated on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.
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.
6. Mersey Bluff, TAS
This lighthouse on the northern coast of Tasmania stands out with its unusual vertical red and white stripes.
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.
8. Mt Lofty, SA
Not sure if this was a lighthouse too, maybe just a tower that looked a bit like one.
9. Bunbury, WA
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
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)
Norah Head (NSW)
Palm Beach (NSW)
and finally one close to home, Rottnest Island (WA)