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.


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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Title Address Description
North Reef
Gladstone, QLD, AustraliaNorth Reef
Cape Capricorn
Unnamed Road, Curtis Island QLD 4680, AustraliaCape Capricorn
Bustard Head
Unnamed Road, Eurimbula QLD 4677, AustraliaBustard Head
Sandy Cape
Unnamed Road, Fraser Island QLD 4581, AustraliaSandy Cape


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Technical Details

First Exhibited1875
Permanent Tower
LocationLat: 23° 29.1921' S Long: 151° 14.1918' E
Original Optic
Current OpticVRB-25
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
Notesas at Feb 2014
  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


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.


No tours are available.


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