Tasmania’s lighthouse heritage goes back to the early days of settlement in Tasmania. The towers at Bruny, Swan, Goose and Deal Islands were built in harsh conditions using convict labour. The rough exteriors of these lights add character and charm.
Australia’s oldest remaining tower, which is still operational, at the mouth of the River Derwent, the Derwent Light on Iron Pot is sadly deteriorating.
The highest and tallest lights in Australia can both be found in Tasmania. The Cape Wickham lighthouse on King Island is the tallest tower at 48 metres, while the lighthouse on Tasman Island is the highest operating light in Australia, 276 metres above sea level. Although no longer operational, the highest lighthouse is at Deal Island in Bass Strait at 305 metres above sea level.
Huckson & Hutchison designed later lighthouse towers and came up with a contender for the most graceful tower in Australia with the Cape Sorell lighthouse. Eddystone Point is another favourite.
The grounds for most lighthouses are open to the public, however there may be periodic restrictions. See each lighthouse page for details. The following lighthouse towers are open to the public throughout the year.
Cape Bruny www.brunyislandsafaris.com
Currie Harbour email@example.com
Table Cape (Closed for winter reopens in September) https://www.facebook.com/atthecape
Hobart Maritime Museum – http://www.maritimetas.org/
Accommodation is available Low Head Lighthouse & the Low Head Pilot Station.
Low Head Lighthouse or Pilot Station