Cape Liptrap Lighthouse

Cape Liptrap stands upon a rocky cliff top, on a solitary part of the South Gippsland coastline, warning ships of the rocks in treacherous Bass Strait.


The first Cape Liptrap lighthouse was established in 1913. It was a 2.1 metre steel tower with an acetylene light. As a keeper was never stationed at Cape Liptrap, it is really the first automatic Commonwealth funded light to be put into service.

The current lighthouse was built in 1951 in cast concrete, and is octagonal in shape. It was converted to mains power in 1970.



The lighthouse is on an isolated point in the Cape Liptrap Coastal Reserve and can be reached via Walkerville.

Turn into South Walkerville Road then right into the Cape Liptrap Road. There is no restriction of access to the reserve.


No tours are available.


No lighthouse accommodation is available


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Title Address Description
Cape Schanck
Cape Schanck Access Rd, Cape Schanck VIC 3939, Australia

Cape Schanck

Cape Liptrap
755 Cape Liptrap Rd, Tarwin Lower VIC 3956, Australia

Cape Liptrap

Citadel Island
Citadel Island, Victoria, Australia

Citadel Island

South East Point (Wilsons Promontory)
Unnamed Road, Wilsons Promontory VIC 3960, Australia

South East Point (Wilsons Promontory)

Cliffy Island
Victoria, Australia

Cliffy Island

Technical Details

First Exhibited1913
LocationLat. 38° 54.4366' S   Long. 145° 55.3610' E
Original Optic
Current OpticVega VRB-25
AutomatedBuilt as an unmanned light
ConstructionWhite concrete tower and lantern
Height10 m
Elevation93 m
RangeNom: 16 NM Geo: 24 NM
CharacterFl. W 12.05 s
Intensity64,545 cd
Light Source12V, 35W C8 Halogen
Power Source240V AC mains
NotesAs at 2014

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