Bustard Head Lighthouse

Cape Moreton lighthouse commenced operation in 1857. The new colony of Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859 and in 1868 Bustard Head was established in the new colony.


Bustard Head was named by Captain James Cook in 1770, in honour of a bustard which was shot and eaten by the landing party. Along with Sandy Cape Lighthouse it is made using prefabricated segments of cast iron bolted together.

In 1932 the original cottages were destroyed in fire and in 1935 the outside stairs were relocated inside the tower. The lighthouse was automated and de-manned in 1986 and left to the elements.

In 2001 the Bustard Head Lighthouse Association, a volunteer organisation led by Stuart Buchanan obtained a lease and restored the site.

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Title Address Description
North Reef
Gladstone, QLD, Australia

North Reef

Cape Capricorn
Unnamed Road, Curtis Island QLD 4680, Australia

Cape Capricorn

Bustard Head
Unnamed Road, Eurimbula QLD 4677, Australia

Bustard Head

Lady Elliot Island
Gladstone, QLD, Australia

Lady Elliot Island


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Technical Details

First Exhibited29th June 1868
ArchitectHennet Spinks and Co Bridgewater England
LocationLat: 24° 01.3393'S Long: 151° 45.8472'E
Original OpticChance Bros 2nd Order
Current OpticVega VRB-25
AutomatedFeb 1985
ConstructionWhite round cast iron segmental tower, Chance 9'6" Dia. lantern and red dome
Height17 m
Elevation102 m
RangeNom: 19 nm Geo: 25 nm
CharacterFl. W. (2) every 10 secs
Intensity81,620 cd
Light Source12V 100W C8 Halogen
Power SourceSolar/Diesel
NotesAs at June 2023

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


The lighthouse grounds are open all year round accessible only by boat (or LARC).


LARC tours External link  from the nearby town of 1770 have a day tour to the lightstation and offers access to the tour.


No lighthouse accommodation is available


One of the keepers cottages and the powerhouse are open as a museum.

Friends Group

Bustard Head Lighthouse Association
Stuart Buchanan
PO Box 90
Samford QLD 4520
Phone: (07) 3289 1827


https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Lighthouse/Bustard-Head-Lighthouse-2149721225044090/  External link
https://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/150-years-milestone-for-agnes-lighthouse-with-dark/3451325/  External link