Wardang Island Lighthouse

In 1909 a lighthouse was built on the island to serve the large number of ships visiting nearby Port Victoria, though its effectiveness was limited by low visibility. Several shipwrecks have occurred in the vicinity of the island.

History

On 23 July 1918 the lighthouse tower from Wedge Island was moved to Wardang island replacing the small light on a post. This light was a Chance Bros 250mm lens.

Solar conversion was completed in 1988 and sadly the old tower was removed. It was replaced by a fibreglass hut.

In November 1937, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research began to use Wardang to conduct its first field trials of myxomatosis, establishing the methodology for the first successful release of the myxoma virus throughout the country in the early 1950s. Rabbits are said to have been introduced to the island by fisherman.

 

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Port Germein

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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)
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West Cape

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Pondalowie Bay Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia

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Althorpe Island

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

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Cape Spencer Rd, Inneston SA 5577, Australia
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Corny Point

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

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

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Marino Rocks

Marino Rocks

Marino Rocks
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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

This light was never manned.

Access

You must obtain permission from the Point Pearce Community Council.

Tours

No tours are available.

Technical Details

First Exhibited1909 - Light on a post
Permanent Tower23 July 1918 from Wedge Island
CurrentTower1988 White fibreglass hut
StatusActive
LocationLat: 34° 30' S Long: 137° 20.7' E
Original Optic1909 8" AGA acetylene single flashing 170 cp
1918 Chance Bros lantern and 250mm optic. AGA KKK130 flasher and sunvalve
AutomatedBuilt as an unattended light
Construction1918 Steel skeleton tower originally painted red.
Current White fibreglass hut
Height8.2 m
Elevation35 m
Range1918 17 NM
Currently 10 NM
Character1918 currently Fl. (3) W.R. every 9 secs
currently Fl. (3) W.R. every 15 secs
Intensity
Light Source
Power SourceSolar
Operator
Custodian
Notes

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