Split Point Lighthouse

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Split Point Lighthouse
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Split Point Lighthouse is located in Victoria
Split Point Lighthouse
Location Aireys Inlet
Coordinates 38°28′04.7″S 144°6′16.1″E / 38.467972°S 144.104472°E / -38.467972; 144.104472Coordinates: 38°28′04.7″S 144°6′16.1″E / 38.467972°S 144.104472°E / -38.467972; 144.104472
Year first lit 1891
Automated 1919
Construction concrete, rendered with cement tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern, red roof
Height 34 metres (112 ft)
Focal height 66 metres (217 ft)
Original lens 1st order Fresnel
Light source mains power
Intensity white: 116,000 cd
red: 23,000 cd
Range white 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
red 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
Characteristic Fl (4) W 20s.
Admiralty number K2182
NGA number 7984
ARLHS number AUS-154
Managing agent Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Split Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Aireys Inlet, a small town on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.


Originally called Eagles Nest Point, the lighthouse was constructed in 1891. It was converted to automatic operation in 1919.

The original British-made first order Fresnel lens is still in use.[1] However, the factory in Birmingham, where the lens was built, was bombed during war-time and the essential formula for making the unique lens crystal were lost, should a replacement ever be needed.

A Japanese firm, consulted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, estimated the cost of replacing the lens at more than A$1 million.

Under standard Australian lighthouse convention, red filters would usually be placed to the extreme left and right of the beam (indicating "danger zones" for a passing ship, in-line with the jagged coastline). For reasons unknown, the Split Point Lighthouse operated for many years under the opposite system; although this has now been corrected. Split point lighthouse has 132 stairs from bottom to top and is 34 metres tall.


The view from the top of the lighthouse

Since summer 2005, the Split Point Lighthouse has been offering regular 30 minute guided tours, during which visitors have the chance to climb the original staircase and experience the view from the balcony just below the lantern room. Tours had been available for much of the 1990s, but on only a few days per year.

The top of the lighthouse is also now used as a mobile phone base station, making it dangerous to enter the lantern room (or any area above) whilst it is in operation, due to possible exposure to RF radiation.

The original lighthouse keeper's quarters, a detached house adjacent to the site, is now a privately owned residence.[1]

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Popular culture[edit]

The popular children's television series Round the Twist used the area around the Split Point Lighthouse for many external scenes. The lighthouse features prominently as the scene of a murder in Arthur Upfield's detective novel, The New Shoe featuring his famous detective Napoleon Bonaparte. The lighthouse was featured in the filming of 2003 film Darkness Falls.