Troubridge Hill Lighthouse

The Troubridge Hill Lighthouse is unique because it is built from special wedge shaped bricks and has never been rendered or painted, creating a very distinctive day mark.


The area is known for the treacherous Troubridge Shoal and nearby Marion Reef which by 1911 had claimed nineteen ships.

The Troubridge Hill Lighthouse was built in 1980 to replace the Troubridge Shoal Lighthouse as the major coastal light in the area.

The lighthouse is built from special wedge shaped clay bricks that were fired especially for this lighthouse. The lantern room is fabricated from fibreglass.

One of only a handful of brick lighthouses in Australia, the lighthouse is unique as the bricks have never been rendered or painted, making it a distinctive day mark.

The tower is designed to resist earthquakes and high winds. Both Troubridge Hill and Corny Point suffered from several earthquakes in the early 20th century.

It received a special award from the South Australian Clay Brick Association for an outstanding application of clay brickwork.

The light was built to be automatic and unmanned with the original apparatus being an array of sealed beam lanterns (similar to car headlights) that turned to create the character.

Due to the high maintenance cost, these has been replaced with a more traditional rotating lens and electric lantern.

The establishment of this light saw the demanning and downgrading of the nearby Troubridge Shoal Lighthouse.

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

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Althorpe Island
Pondalowie Bay Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia

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Wardang Island
Unnamed Road, South Australia 5573, 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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Technical Details

First Exhibited1980
LocationLatitude: 35° 09.9640' S
Longitude: 137° 38.4370' E
Original Optic
Current OpticVega VRB-25
DemannedBuilt as an unmanned light
ConstructionRed brick tower and lantern
Height33 m
Elevation62 m
RangeNom: 19 nm Geo: 19 nm
CharacterFl. W. (3) in 15 secs
Intensity68,782 cd
Light Source12V, 100W C8 Halogen
Power Source240V AC
NotesAs at 2012

  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.