Cape Moreton Lighthouse

Cape Moreton was the first lighthouse to be built in Queensland, but was not the first lighthouse built by the Queensland government, indeed it was built as a New South Wales light in 1857 before Queensland became a separate colony.


It was built because of the increasing traffic to the northern coast , but for a long time was the only light on the 3,236 miles of coastline.

The entrance into Moreton Bay, near the island, is scattered with wrecks that attest the notoriousness of the bay.

The tower is constructed of sandstone quarried on the island. It stands on a rare rocky promontory on a sand island.

The tower was extended in 1928 and is now 23 metres.

The original light source oil wick. It was converted in in 1930 to pressurised acetylene gas. This installation did not continue for long as in 1937 the apparatus was converted to 240v electricity. Solar conversion took place in 1993.

The lighthouse is on the northern point of Moreton Island. On the west side of the island is Tangalooma which was also once home to Queensland’s first and only whaling station from 1952 to 1962.

This former whaling station has now been converted to a small resort and caters mainly for day trippers from Brisbane.

On 1 July 1915, Cape Moreton passed from State to Federal control.

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Title Address Description
Caloundra Lighthouses
8/10 Canberra Terrace, Kings Beach QLD 4551, AustraliaCaloundra Lighthouses
Moreton Bay Pile Light
Curlew St, Port of Brisbane QLD 4178, AustraliaMoreton Bay Pile Light
Cape Moreton
Cape Track, Moreton Island QLD 4025, AustraliaCape Moreton
Cleveland Point
238 Shore St N, Cleveland QLD 4163, AustraliaCleveland Point
Bulwer Island (Relocated)
412A Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, AustraliaBulwer Island (Relocated)
Carpentaria LV CLS2
30 Sidon St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, AustraliaCarpentaria LV CLS2


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Technical Details

First Exhibited1857
Permanent Tower
CurrentTowerHeight increased 1928
LocationLat: 27° 01.9091' S Long: 153° 27.9602' E
Original Optic1930 Optic replaced
Current OpticTideland NOVA 250 inside Lantern Room
ConstructionSandstone tower, 2 red bands and cupola. Chance Bros. special size 7'1" Dia. lantern with curved lantern panes.
Height23 m
Elevation122 m
RangeNominal: 15 nm Geographical: 27 nm
CharacterFl. W. (4) in 20 secs
Intensity11,330 cd
Light Source12V
Power SourceSolar Convn 8/12/93
NotesAs at July 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 from Tangalooma Resort  External link