Lighthouses

Roads and Maritime Services keeps the lights burning in 13 lighthouses along the coast, ensuring the safety of the seafaring community for many decades. The lighthouses serve as aids to navigation, in conjunction with modern shipboard satellite navigation systems. Roads and Maritime values both the heritage and valuable role of lighthouses and will continue to ensure they are operational in all conditions.

Most of the lights were transferred from the Commonwealth to Roads and Maritime in 1997 and 2004 as advances in navigation technology (especially satellite) lessened the role of lighthouses in shipping safety. As the Commonwealth reduced its stake in lighthouses, Roads and Maritime stepped in to preserve the unique heritage, tradition and basic safety function they continue to provide for the boating community.

Point Danger

The Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse at Point Danger was built to commemorate the bicentennial of Captain Cook's voyage along the east coast of Australia.

  • Location -  latitude: 28°10' S, longitude: 153°33' E
  • Height -  20 metres
  • Light range - 10 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1971.

Fingal Head

Even though the Fingal Head Lighthouse is neither tall or built on high headland, the light is effective because it's built on one of Australia's most easterly points, with plenty of deep water offshore.

  • Location - latitude: 28°12.2' S, longitude: 153°34.3' E
  • Height - 7 metres
  • Light range - white: 17 nautical miles, red: 14 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1872.

Ballina Head

The Ballina Head Lighthouse was built in 1880, making it one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia. It is also known as the Richmond River Light.

  • Location - latitude: 28°52' S, longitude: 153°36' E
  • Height - 7 metres
  • Light range - 17 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1879.

Evans Head

Evans Head Lighthouse stands on the headland east of the mouth of Evans River. It's fairly elevated and although it serves the purpose of a lighthouse, it's a fairly small structure.

  • Location - latitude: 29°07.2' S, longitude: 153°26.8' E
  • Height - 4 metres
  • Light range - white: 9 nautical miles, red: 7 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1975.

Tacking Point

In 1879, a fixed catadioptic light of less than 1,000 candelas was erected on Tacking Point.

  • Location - latitude: 31°28.7 S, longitude: 152°56.2 E
  • Height - 8 metres
  • Light range - 16 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1879.

Crowdy Head

The Crowdy Head Lighthouse was built in 1878, with a fixed catadioptic light of less than 1,000 candelas.

  • Location - latitude: 31°50.7' S, longitude: 152°45.3' E
  • Height - 7 metres
  • Light range - white: 16 nautical miles, red: 13 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1878.

Point Stephens

The Point Stephens Lighthouse is located either on Fingal Point or Fingal Island, depending on whether it's a low or high tide.

  • Location - latitude: 32°44.9' S, longitude: 152°`11.2' E
  • Height - 21 metres
  • Light range - 17 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1862.

Norah Head

The Norah Head Lighthouse has an unusual lens that rotates in an enclosed mercury bath.

  • Location - latitude: 33°16.9' S, longitude: 151°34.7' E
  • Height - 27 metres
  • Light range - 26 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1903

Barrenjoey Head

Built to help guide ships into Broken Bay, Barrenjoey Lighthouse is one of the few open to the public. The National Parks and Wildlife Service conducts tours of the lighthouse and its grounds.

  • Location - latitude: 33°34.8' S, longitude: 151°19.7' E
  • Height - 20 metres
  • Light range - 12 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1881.

Kiama

The Kiama Lighthouse was established in 1887, 10 years after the creation of the Robertson Basin, a man-made harbour to service Kiama.

  • Location - latitude: 34°40.4' S, longitude: 150°51.7' E
  • Height - 15 metres
  • Light range - 17 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1867.

Warden Head

The Warden Head Lighthouse was made of curved wrought iron plates, riveted together to form a shell similar to some lighthouses in QLD, SA and WA.

  • Location - latitude: 35°22' S, longitude: 150°29.5' E
  • Height - 12 metres
  • Light range - 14 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1869.

Brush Island

Brush Island Lighthouse is situated on the Tasman Sea, part of the South Pacific Ocean in the south-east of NSW.

  • Location - latitude: 35°31.9' S, longitude: 150°25.0' E
  • Height - 2 metres
  • Light range - 8 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1967.

Burrewarra Point

The Burrawarra Point Lighthouse was first exhibited in 1974. It was powered from batteries and charged from the mains.

  • Location - latitude: 35°50' S, longitude: 150°14' E
  • Height - 10 metres
  • Light range - 9 nautical miles
  • Year built - 1974.
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