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Lighthouses of Australia

Lighthouses epitomise coastal getaways.

Generally, where there is a lighthouse, there are sensational sea views. And they usually make for fine photo subjects themselves.

Beyond that, these towering structures often have rich, fascinating pasts to uncover.

So, we’re shining a light on some of the best of them…

Split Point Lighthouse, pictured in the distance, used to be a TV star. More below.

Green Cape Lighthouse, near Eden, NSW

Found within Ben Boyd National Park, this is NSW’s southernmost lighthouse. It oversees one of the most popular lookouts in South Coast NSW, which shares its name and is a renowned whale-watching hotspot.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 Eden Beachfront Holiday Park.

Oh, those views: Green Cape Lighthouse. Credit: SCT.

Cape Jervis Lighthouse, SA

This is one of the most modern lighthouses in Australia; in 1972 it replaced a structure first built in 1871. Cape Jervis is at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula and is the departure point for ferries to Kangaroo Island where several lighthouses are dotted along its magnificent coastline.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 Cape Jervis Accommodation & Caravan Park.

Cape Jervis Lighthouse is one of the more modern examples of its type.

And a ferry ride to Kangaroo Island reveals scenes like this. Credit: Gab Rivera.

Bonnet Island Lighthouse, near Strahan, TAS

Bonnet Island is spotted at the entrance to massive Macquarie Harbour and can be visited on various cruises that incorporate the wider area and its jaw-dropping scenery. The lighthouse is one of a few in these parts.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 Strahan Holiday Retreat.

Spectacular: Bonnet Island and its lighthouse. Credit: Paul Fleming.

Cape Otway Lighthouse, near Apollo Bay, VIC

Built in 1848 in response to the many shipwrecks off Cape Otway, this leading Great Ocean Road attraction is the oldest-surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia. It overlooks the point where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean meet, so expect a mesmerising outlook.

BIG4 parks nearby: BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park and BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park.

Historical Cape Otway Lighthouse showcases vistas like this.

Double Island Point Lighthouse, Cooloola, QLD

With its headland location within the Cooloola Recreation Area of Great Sandy National Park, this lighthouse gifts picture-perfect panoramas that incorporate Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach as well as the chance to spy marine life. The structure was created in 1884.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 Rainbow Beach Holiday Park.

Wow factor: Double Island Point Lighthouse and surrounds. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Lighthouses of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA

Spot two booming beacons within a national park that explodes with visual delights. Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is a popular visitor attraction near Dunsborough and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse marks the most south-westerly tip of Australia and the meeting point of the Indian and Southern oceans.

BIG4 parks nearby: BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River and BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park, Busselton.

Where oceans collide: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse, near South West Rocks, NSW

This is a popular visitor attraction within Hat Head National Park, which reveals a treasure chest of natural beauty.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort.

Expect to encounter sublime scenery from Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Credit: Destination NSW.

Point Cartwright Light, near Mooloolaba, QLD

The contemporary lighthouse has a striking painted reservoir for company, but that is just the start of the eye candy. From this elevated vantage point, witness incredible coastal scenery that sums up the Sunshine Coast’s outrageous beauty.

BIG4 parks nearby: BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park and BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa.

Point Cartwright (far left) is a prime place to soak up the Sunshine Coast's sparkling sights.

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, VIC

This lighthouse featured in the 1990s children's TV series, Round the Twist and is still operational. The views from this vantage point are outstanding.

BIG4 parks nearby: BIG4 Aireys Inlet and BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park.

Split Point Lighthouse once won a Best New Talent Logie Award. Ok, we just made that up.

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks, NSW

Also known as Seal Rocks Lighthouse, this ancient structure overlooks the scene of many shipwrecks. It has a prime position within Myall Lakes National Park and doubles as a key place to spot whales.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 River Myall Holiday Resort and BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry.

Take us there: Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse and Seal Rocks. Credit: Destination Barrington Coast.

Point Moore Lighthouse, Geraldton, WA

The 34m-tall lighthouse is a local landmark thanks in part to its eye-catching red and white candy-like stripes. It’s located across the road from a beautiful stretch of coastline.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 Geraldton Sunset Beach.

Wally found: Point Moore Lighthouse in Geraldton.

Port Fairy Lighthouse, VIC

Found on Griffith Island – previously known as Rabbit Island – this lighthouse has a history that extends beyond 160 years.

BIG4 parks nearby: BIG4 Port Fairy Holiday Park or BIG4 parks in Warrnambool.

Sea views: Port Fairy Lighthouse.

Port Stephens Lighthouse, Fingal Island, NSW

The 1862-built lighthouse is located on Fingal Island, reached via the mainland by boat or kayak. Along with delivering captivating coastal views, this tower overlooks historical ruins.

BIG4 parks nearby: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point, BIG4 Karuah Jetty Holiday Park, and BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park.

There is loads to see atop Port Stephens Lighthouse.

Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, Devonport, TAS

With red and white vertical stripes – an unusual marking in lighthouse circles – this structure makes for excellent photos. Keep the camera handy to snap away at the sparkling sea views on offer nearby.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park.

Head to Mersey Bluff Lighthouse for prime views.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The 21m-tall circa 1859 structure is spotted at the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula where dramatic coastal vistas abound.

BIG4 park nearby: BIG4 Mornington Peninsula Holiday Park.

Vibrant vistas abound in the vicinity of Cape Schanck Lighthouse.

Cape Spencer Lighthouse, Innes National Park, SA

Planted at the bottom of the Yorke Peninsula, the lighthouse is a landmark of this epic national park. Soak up seriously spectacular coastal scenery from this vantage point.

Nearest BIG4 park: BIG4 Port Hughes Tourist Park.

Path to pretty panoramas: Cape Spencer Lighthouse. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone. 

Pine Islet Lighthouse, Mackay, QLD

This beacon occupied a position on Pine Islet in the Percy Isles for more than a century before being replaced, relocating to Mackay Marina. Following restoration, it has returned to working order and is reportedly the world’s only remaining fully functional kerosene lighthouse.

BIG4 parks nearby: BIG4 Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park and BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park.

Pine Islet Lighthouse is a local landmark. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland/Mackay RTO.

Cape Byron Lighthouse, near Byron Bay, NSW

This icon is perched on mainland Australia's most easterly point and gifts commanding and captivating views. A must-do when in Byron Bay and surrounds.

BIG4 parks nearby: Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay and BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park.

Iconic: Cape Byron Lighthouse. Credit: Destination NSW.

Low Head Lighthouse, TAS

The third-oldest lighthouse in Australia, having opened in 1833, sits at the mouth of the Tamar River where it meets Bass Strait. Low Head is also home to Australia’s oldest continuously used pilot station.

BIG4 parks nearby: Low Head Tourist Park and BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday and Native Wildlife Park.

Low Head Lighthouse is among the oldest in Australia. Credit: Chris Crerar.

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