Point Lowly Lighthouse

The Lowly Point Lighthouse stands out on a point jutting into the northern end of the Spencer Gulf.

This light was re-activated in 1995 by the Whyalla City Council.


The lighthouse was built in 1883 after the conditions were found to be unsatisfactory for the continued use of a lightship at that location.

It is the oldest building in the Whyalla area and was used to assist ships going to Augusta and Port Pirie.

The original structure was 15 metres in height and was made from local sandstone. Its optical apparatus had an eight side catadioptric lens that revolved once every 80 seconds and gave a 2 second flash every 10 seconds. The light source was a wick burner fuelled by mineral oil. Supplies were landed by boat from Port Pirie on the opposite side of the Gulf.

After a number of incidents the height of the light was raised by 7.6 metres to its current level in 1909. At this time a kerosene vaporising light unit was installed.

The light was demanned in 1973 after the installation of a Stone Chance Power Beam Beacon on the balcony, which was powered by batteries. In 1979, the light was connected to mains electricity and the lens and lamp were upgraded in this process.

The light was turn off in 1993 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as it believed it was no longer necessary.


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Title Address Description
Cape Donnington
3035 Donington Rd, Lincoln National Park SA 5607, Australia

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South Neptune Island
South Australia, Australia

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Point Lowly
LOT 2 Port Bonython Rd, Point Lowly SA 5600, Australia

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Port Germein
35 Esplanade, Port Germein SA 5495, Australia

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Warburto Point
Unnamed Road, Warburto SA 5558, Australia

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Tiparra Reef
Tiparra Reef, South Australia, Australia

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Wardang Island
Unnamed Road, South Australia 5573, Australia

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Althorpe Island (Lead)
Pondalowie Bay Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia

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West Cape
Pondalowie Bay Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia

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Althorpe Island
Pondalowie Bay Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia

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Cape Spencer
Cape Spencer Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia

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Corny Point
368 Lighthouse Rd, Corny Point SA 5575, Australia

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Troubridge Hill
90 Clan Ranald Rd, Honiton SA 5576, Australia

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Troubridge Shoal
93 Sultana Point Rd, Sultana Point SA 5583, Australia

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Port Adelaide
2A McLaren Parade, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia

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Port Adelaide (Heritage)
Unit 6/26-28 S Australia One Dr, North Haven SA 5018, Australia

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Marino Rocks
Marino Rocks Lighthouse, 40 Bundarra Rd, Marino SA 5049, Australia

Marino Rocks

Wonga Shoal
Wonga Shoal, South Australia, Australia

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Cape Jervis
Wonga Shoal, South Australia, Australia

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We need your help in compiling a list of keepers for this lighthouse. If you have any information then send it to keeper@lighthouses.org.au.

Please include this lighthouse’s name, the keepers full name and what years they were keepers. Also include the same information for any other lights they were on.

Technical Details

First Exhibited
Permanent Tower
Original Optic
Current Optic
Light Source
Power Source

  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The lighthouse reserve is accessible to the public. The road is a sealed bitumen road from Whyalla to the lighthouse at Port Bonython. The trip takes about 20 minutes.


No tours are available.


It is possible to stay in the old keepers cottages.