Gabo Island

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Gabo Island
Gabo Island is located in Shire of East Gippsland
Gabo Island
Gabo Island (Shire of East Gippsland)
Location Bass Strait
Coordinates 37°33′47″S 149°54′39″E / 37.5629167°S 149.9109722°E / -37.5629167; 149.9109722Coordinates: 37°33′47″S 149°54′39″E / 37.5629167°S 149.9109722°E / -37.5629167; 149.9109722
State Victoria

Gabo Island is a 154-hectare (380-acre) island located off the coast of eastern Victoria, Australia, between Mallacoota and Cape Howe on the border with New South Wales. It is separated from the mainland by a 500 metres (1,600 ft) wide channel; access is available by arranged flights and boats.[1] Gabo Island is a shipping reference commonly referred to in Victorian weather warnings issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Gabo Island Lighthouse[edit]

It is well known for its historic lighthouse, made from pink granite quarried from the island itself, completed in 1862. The lighthouse is Australia's second tallest. The focal plane of the light is situated at 55 metres (180 ft) above sea level, the characteristic is a group of three flashes that occurs every twenty seconds. A keeper's house is occupied by a caretaker; another building may be rented for overnight stays.[2]


The island is home to the world's largest colony of little penguins.[1] Gabo, with the tiny associated islet of Tullaberga at its southern end, has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because of the numbers of breeding penguins (up to 21,000 pairs) and white-faced storm petrels (up to 20,000 pairs).[3]


  1. ^ a b Parks Victoria. "Gabo Island". 
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Victoria". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  3. ^ "IBA: Gabo and Tullaberga Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 

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