Queenscliff Low Light

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Queenscliff Low Light
Queenscliff Lighthouse.jpg
Queenscliff Low Light
Queenscliff Low Light is located in Victoria
Queenscliff Low Light
Location Port Phillip
Coordinates 38°16′25.5″S 144°39′33.4″E / 38.273750°S 144.659278°E / -38.273750; 144.659278Coordinates: 38°16′25.5″S 144°39′33.4″E / 38.273750°S 144.659278°E / -38.273750; 144.659278
Year first constructed 1854 (first)
Year first lit 1863 (current)
Automated 1999
Construction bluestone tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower with vertical red daymark, green lantern and balcony
Height 22.2 metres (73 ft)
Focal height 28.6 metres (94 ft)
Light source mains power
Range white: 22 kilometres (14 mi)
red: 20 kilometres (12 mi)
green: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
Characteristic Oc. W 15s.
Admiralty number K2200.1
NGA number 7484
ARLHS number AUS-262
Managing agent Port of Melbourne Corporation

The Queenscliff Low Light, also known as the Queenscliff White Lighthouse, is a lighthouse in the township of Queenscliff in the Borough of Queenscliffe, Victoria, Australia, at the eastern end of the Bellarine Peninsula. It stands inside the entrance to Port Phillip from Bass Strait, on the lower slope of the Queenscliff Peninsula overlooking the ’Rip”, a stretch of water considered one of the ten most treacherous navigable passages in the world. It is operated by the Port of Melbourne Corporation.[1][2]


The light station was first established in 1854 with a prefabricated wooden lighthouse, which was dismantled in 1863 and moved to Point Lonsdale when the permanent lighthouse was built.[3] The lamp and its housings were manufactured in England by Chance Brothers. The light was converted to gas in 1890 and to electricity in 1924.[1]


Queenscliff Low Light between the Hume and Murray Towers

The main purpose of the lighthouse is to show a white light in range with the Queenscliff High Light as a guide for ships in the main channel entering Port Phillip. It is flanked by the skeletal Hume and Murray Towers, showing red and green lights respectively, that blink in unison with the lighthouse to provide a unique entrance pattern defining the correct course through the Rip.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lighthouses of Victoria
  2. ^ a b The Lighthouse Directory
  3. ^ Ibbotson (2004).