Archer Point Lighthouse

The original Archer Point Lighthouse was very similar to the structures on Geese Island, Flat Top, Bay Rock and Grassy Hill – a timber framed tower sheafed in rolled galvanised iron sheeting.

The lighthouse is prominently situated on a grassy hill.


Archer Point lighthouse, with the now disused Rocky Islet lighthouse once formed the lead between the Hope Islands and the mainland to the south, and to the north between the mainland and the coral reefs to the eastward.

At night, the white sector of the light indicates the clear passage and the red and green sectors indicates the ship is outside the channel.

With the building of the new light in 1979 it was converted to electricity.


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Title Address Description
Grassy Hill
Hope St, Cooktown QLD 4895, Australia

Grassy Hill

Archer Point
Archer Point Rd, Cooktown QLD 4895, Australia

Archer Point

Low Isles
Low Island, Low Isles QLD 4873, Australia

Low Isles

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Technical Details

First Exhibited1883
Permanent Tower
CurrentTowerConverted to Electric & New Tower:1979
LocationLat: 15° 35.6178' S Long: 145° 19.7199' E
Original Optic
Current OpticStone Chance 400mm focal radius
ConstructionWhite NAL1 lantern on white square concrete tower
Height6 m
Elevation65 m
RangeNominal: White 17 nm Green 13 nm Red 13 nm
Geographical: 21 nm
CharacterFl. W. (4) in 20 secs with Red and Green sectors
IntensityWhite: 35,000 cd
Red: 7,000 cd
Green: 7,000 cd
Light Source120V, 1000W, 3000 hr, TH
Power Source240 Volts Mains
NotesAs at June 2011

  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The lighthouse grounds are open all year round. The tower is not open to the public.


No tours are available.


  • Archer Point Light 1917 – NAA  External link
  • Archer Point Lighthouse – Booshman  External link
  • Archer Point Light 2005 – Mark Maupin  External link
  • Archer Point Looking SE – Ray Hudson LoA
  • Archer Point Sector Lens – Maritime Exchange Museum  External link
  • Australian Heritage Commission
  • Kevin Mulcahy
  • Peter Bird
  • Queensland Harbour & Marine