Cape Jervis Lighthouse

Cape Jervis lighthouse guides ships through Backstairs Passage, between Kangaroo Island and the mainland.


Built in 1871 the Cape Jervis light, at the entrance to St Vincent Gulf, displayed a fixed white light. It was manned until 1927 when it was also converted to an automatic acetylene system with a revolving light, with a distance of 14 miles. Built at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the light safeguards the Backstairs Passage, between Kangaroo Island and the mainland.
It was replaced in 1972 by the present light which stands alongside the foundations of the original. The new tower is the twin of the lighthouse at Robe.


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Flinders Dr, Cape Jervis SA 5204, Australia

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Technical Details

First Exhibited1871
LocationLat: 35° 36.2260' S
Long: 138° 05.6690' E
Original Optic
Current OpticStone Chance 400mm focal radius
Optic Upgrade 2008
ConstructionWhite concrete tristar shaped tower and AGA FLEA 22/12 lantern
Height18 m 15 m to base of lantern
Elevation23 m
RangeNom: 16 nm Geo: 16 nm
CharacterFl. W. (4) in 20 s
Intensity21,723 cd
Light Source12V 100W C8 Halogen
Power Source
NotesAs at April 2015

  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.


No tours are available.

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