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.


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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Title Address Description
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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More history.


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


No tours are available.


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