Tiparra Reef Lighthouse

The Tiparra Reef lighthouse was one of 4 over-water lighthouses in South Australia. The others at Cape Jaffa, Port Adelaide and Wonga Shoal.

History

Lighthouse at Tiparra (or Tipara) in the Spencer Gulf off Moonta Bay, South Australia. The screw pile lighthouse over the Tipara (this is the more usual spelling) Reef in Moonta Bay was the first lighthouse in Spencer Gulf and was operational from August 1877. Prior to this a lightship was stationed over the reef. The pyramidal skeletal tower is very like the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse on Margaret Brock reef in the state’s south-east.

This was the schooner Alexander, and it operated from February 1865. However following a number of wrecks and near misses it was decided a lighthouse should be built there.

Tipara Reef lighthouse was the first lighthouse in Spencer Gulf. It used a Chance Brothers first order apparatus for its light. The light’s platform was well frequented by birds and a major task of visiting service crews was the removal of nests.
Tipara Reef Lighthouse was replaced by a light tower at Warburto Point on the adjacent mainland in 1995. The tower of the old Tipara Reef light now stands in Wallaroo at the Maritime Museum. There is a small beacon on the remnants of the platform.

From http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=634&c=2587

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Point Lowly

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

Port Germein
35 Esplanade, Port Germein SA 5495, Australia
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Warburto Point

Warburto Point
Unnamed Road, Warburto SA 5558, Australia
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Tiparra Reef

Tiparra Reef
Tiparra Reef, South Australia, Australia
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Wardang Island

Wardang Island
Unnamed Road, South Australia 5573, Australia
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Althorpe Island (Lead)

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

Go to West Cape

West Cape
Pondalowie Bay Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia

Go to West Cape

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Althorpe Island

Althorpe Island
Pondalowie Bay Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia
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Cape Spencer

Cape Spencer
Cape Spencer Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia
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Corny Point

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

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

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

Port Adelaide
2A McLaren Parade, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia
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Port Adelaide (Heritage)

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

Marino Rocks

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

Marino Rocks

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Wonga Shoal

Wonga Shoal
Wonga Shoal, South Australia, Australia
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Cape Jervis

Cape Jervis
Wonga Shoal, South Australia, Australia
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Keepers

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Technical Details

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

Access

The re-located lighthouse tower grounds are open all year round. The tower is not open to the public.

Tours

No tours are available.

Museum

Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum

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Associated Lighthouse

Port Adelaide Lighthouse

Wonga Shoal Lighthouse

Cape Jaffa Lighthouse