Cape Cleveland Lighthouse
On the 6th June 1770, James Cook, in the “Endeavour”, viewed the coastline from 10kms out to sea, and he almost certainly named the Cape because it reminded him of his home county of Cleveland (literally ‘cliff-land’) in northern England.
Cape Cleveland was first lit with a 4th order revolving light in December 1879.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have entered into a 20-year agreement with Townsville business people Ray and Sue Boundy to manage and maintain the buildings at the Cape Cleveland lighthouse site. The agreement focuses on preserving the heritage of the site and its buildings while allowing for economic opportunities through tourism.
Cape Cleveland lighthouse was automated in 1991, resulting in much of the former complex being redundant. In 1997, the balance of the complex together with the surrounding former lighthouse reserve was transferred to the state of Queensland on the basis that the heritage significance of the site be maintained. The state vested this responsibility with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).
The Cape Cleveland lighthouse station became a protected area upon the gazettal of the Bowling Green Bay Conservation Park on 5 May 2000.
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|First Exhibited||December 1879|
|Location||19°10.9793' S 147°00.9277' E|
|Original Optic||4th Order revolving|
|Current Optic||Vega VRB-25 (Located inside lantern)|
|Construction||Metal clad timber framed tower and lantern with red cupola|
|Range||Nominal: White: 15 nm Red: 12 nm
Geographical: 21 nm
|Character||Fl. W.R. 7.52 secs|
|Intensity||White: 48,430 cd Red: 10,170 cd|
|Light Source||12V 20W C8 Halogen LP PR30s|
|Power Source||Solar Conversion: 19/9/87|
|Notes||As at March 2016|
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.
Tours are available Cape Cleveland Lighthouse Tour
No lighthouse accommodation is available
Detail to come.
There is no Friends Group