Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse

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Wilsons Promontory
Location Near Tidal River, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 39°8′S 146°25.5′E / 39.133°S 146.4250°E / -39.133; 146.4250
Year first constructed 1859
Year first lit 1859
Automated 1993
Construction Granite
Tower shape Cylindrical
Markings / pattern Unpainted grey tower, white lantern
Height 19 m
Focal height 117 metres (384 ft)
Intensity 51,000 cd
Range 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
Characteristic Fl. 7.5s
Admiralty number K2492
NGA number 7300
ARLHS number AUS-171

Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse is situated on South East Point, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia. From its point on the peninsula, it commands almost 360° views of Bass Strait. The Wilson's Promontory lighthouse is the southernmost lighthouse on mainland Australia. Experiencing its spectacular location is well worth the 18-kilometre (11 mi) walk from the nearest town, Tidal River. Dormitory-style accommodation is available in the lighthouse.[1]

The lighthouse protects shipping travelling through Bass Strait. The Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse is the main part of the Wilsons Promontory Lightstation.


The lighthouse was constructed with the use of convict labour over a period of approximately seven years starting in 1853 through to completion in 1859. The lighthouse stands 19 metres (62 ft) tall and along with the keeper's cottage is constructed from local granite. From 1869 to 1878 the lighthouse keeper was Captain Thomas Musgrave.


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

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