Point Hicks Lighthouse

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Point Hicks Lighthouse
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Point Hicks Lighthouse
Point Hicks Lighthouse is located in Victoria
Point Hicks Lighthouse
Location East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 37°48′7″S 149°16′31″E / 37.80194°S 149.27528°E / -37.80194; 149.27528Coordinates: 37°48′7″S 149°16′31″E / 37.80194°S 149.27528°E / -37.80194; 149.27528[1]
Year first constructed 1888
Year first lit 1890
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Round
Markings / pattern White tower and lantern
Height 37 metres (121 ft)
Focal height 56 metres (184 ft)
Light source Solar power
Characteristic Gp Fl (2) 10s
Admiralty number K2556
NGA number 6604
ARLHS number AUS-133
Managing agent Victorian Channels Authority
Heritage Victorian Heritage Register

Point Hicks Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on the Point Hicks headland, in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia.

Location and features[edit]

Located within the Croajingolong National Park and on the edge of the Point Hicks Marine National Park, approximately 500 kilometres (310 mi) east of Melbourne, the lighthouse serves as a warning beacon for vessels in the southern reaches of the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, and the north eastern reaches of the Bass Strait.

The lighthouse was built on the point during 1887 and 1888 and commenced operation in 1890,[2] built from concrete and with timber keepers quarters. It was connected to mains electricity in 1965, and then to solar power recently.[3] The keepers' cottages are today let as holiday houses.[4] At 37 metres (121 ft), it is the tallest lighthouse on Australia's mainland.[5] Its light characteristic is a double white flash every ten seconds, emitted from a focal plane height of 56 metres (184 ft) above sea level.

On 4 February 1971, the lighthouse and the headkeepers' and assistant keepers' quarters were listed as a place of regional significance on the precursor to the Victorian Heritage Register.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Point Hicks Lighthouse: 23666". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Schlossman, Jessie (26 July 2010). "Australia’s iconic lighthouses". Australian Geographic. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Point Hicks Lighthouse". Lighthouses of Victoria. Lighthouses of Australia Inc. 
  4. ^ "Cottages: accommodation". Point Hicks Lighthouse. 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Victoria". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Light House Group". Heritage Register. Government of Victoria. 23 November 1978. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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