Cape Schanck Lighthouse

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Cape Schanck
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Cape Schanck Lighthouse is located in Victoria
Cape Schanck Lighthouse
Location Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 38°29′S 144°53′E / 38.49°S 144.89°E / -38.49; 144.89Coordinates: 38°29′S 144°53′E / 38.49°S 144.89°E / -38.49; 144.89
Year first lit 1859
Deactivated -
Construction Limestone
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White with red lantern dome
Height 21 metres
Focal height 100 metres
Current lens 1st order Fresnel by Chance Brothers
Intensity 1,000,000 CD
Range 26 nmi (48 km)
Characteristic Mo (N)
Admiralty number K2423
NGA number 7456
ARLHS number AUS-045

The Cape Schanck Lighthouse was built in 1859 as the second coastal lighthouse in the Australian state of Victoria. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The tower was built from limestone, it is 21 metres (69 ft) tall. The light's focal plane is situated 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level, the light characteristic is the Morse Code letter "N", a long signal of 10.8 seconds followed by a flash. Depending on the bearing of the light, the colours are either white (south to west sector) or red (east sector). Due to its powerful lantern of one million candela and a first order Fresnel lens, which was installed in 1915, the light has a range of 26 nmi (48 km).

The lighthouse was not only one of the first such buildings in Victoria, it was moreover Australia's first lighthouse tower with stone stairs. During the 1970s and 1980s the facility was restored and has since become an attraction for tourists. Today there is a museum in the old assistants' quarters. Accommodation is available in the old residences of the lighthouse keeper.[1]


  1. ^ Australia’s iconic lighthouses, Australian Geographic, 26 July 2010

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