Cape Capricorn Lighthouse

There have been three lighthouses on this site. The first built in 1875, the second built in 1936, and the current built in 1964.

History

There have been three lighthouses on this site.

The original believed to the traditional Queensland Lighthouse that was made of timber was and clad with iron was prefabricated with the 2 accompanying cottages in Brisbane and assembled on site in 1875.

It is believed that the original optic and lantern room may have been temporary as the Colonial Architect had omitted to order one when he let the tender.

The original oil wick burner was replaced by vapourised kerosene incandescent kerosene mantle in 1923.

In 1936 it was decided to replace the original structure.

In 1938 the light was converted to electric operation.

The current structure was built in 1964 and is typical of the plain concrete block style of the day.

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North Reef

North Reef

North Reef
Gladstone, QLD, Australia

North Reef

Direction

Cape Capricorn

Cape Capricorn

Cape Capricorn
Unnamed Road, Curtis Island QLD 4680, Australia

Cape Capricorn

Direction

Bustard Head

Bustard Head

Bustard Head
Unnamed Road, Eurimbula QLD 4677, Australia

Bustard Head

Direction

Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape
Unnamed Road, Fraser Island QLD 4581, Australia

Sandy Cape

Direction

Keepers

We need your help in compiling a list of keepers for this lighthouse. If you have any information then send it to keeper@lighthouses.org.au.

Please include this lighthouse’s name, the keepers full name and what years they were keepers. Also include the same information for any other lights they were on.

Technical Details

First Exhibited1875
Permanent Tower
CurrentTower
Architect
StatusActive
LocationLat: 23° 29.1921' S Long: 151° 14.1918' E
Original Optic
Current OpticVRB-25
Automated
Demanned
ConstructionSquare concrete block tower
Height7 m
Elevation93 m
RangeNominal: White 17 nm Red 14 nm
Geographical: 24 nm
CharacterFl. W. 5 secs with red sector
IntensityWhite: 39381 cd Red: 8270 cd
Light Source12V 35W C8 Halogen LP PR30s
Power SourceSolar Conversion 16/8/87
OperatorAMSA
Notesas at Feb 2014

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

Access

The Cape Capricorn Lighthouse is situated on Curtis Island. 24 km north of Gladstone off the Central Queensland Coast and is only accessible by boat or air (beach landing). The cottages are privately leased. The tower is not open to the public.

Tours

No tours are available.

Accommodation

Two fully self-contained homesteads and two fully self-contained luxury cabins. Both the homesteads and cabins have panoramic views of surrounding reefs and islands. Cape Capricorn Lighthouse Escape

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