Cape Martin Lighthouse

The light from the Cape Martin Lighthouse was originally located in the Penguin Island Lighthouse tower now lying abandoned several kilometres to the South.


Established in 1960 the lighthouse replaced the nearby Penguin Island Lighthouse. The light from Penguin Island was reused in the new structure.

The apparatus was converted to electricity in 1974.

Only being 4.5 metres high the new light was found to be inadequate due to the build up of nearby sand dunes that obscured the light. In 1980, the tower was raised to its current height of 12 metres using precast concrete slabs.


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Title Address Description
Cape Jaffa Platform

Cape Jaffa

Cape Jaffa (Kingston)
33 Marine Parade, Kingston SE SA 5275, Australia

Cape Jaffa

Robe Obelisk
Obelisk Rd, Robe SA 5276, Australia

Robe Obelisk

6 Adam Lindsay Gordon Dr, Robe SA 5276, Australia


Cape Martin
Foster St, Beachport SA 5280, Australia

Cape Martin

Penguin Island
Scenic Dr, Beachport SA 5280, Australia

Penguin Island

Cape Banks
Carpenter Rocks SA 5291, Australia

Cape Banks


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Technical Details

First Exhibited1960
LocationLat: 37° 29.3830' S Long: 140° 00.7530' E
Original Optic
Current OpticChance Bros 400mm focal radius drum lens
Optic Upgrade May 2008
ConstructionConcrete square tower and Chance Bros 7' 1" dia lantern
Height15 m 12 metres to base of lantern
Elevation38 m
RangeNom: 16 nm Geo: 14 nm
CharacterFl. W. (4) in 20 s
Intensity21723 cd
Light SourceSealite SL324 LED array
Power SourceMains power with battery back up
NotesAs at Nov 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.