Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck is on the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. It is part of a triangle of Bass Strait lights, the other two being Cape Otway and Cape Wickham Lighthouses, of radio controlled lights and signals.


The tower was built in 1859 from limestone and painted white. It is the second coastal light established in Victoria.

It is considered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to be the most original lighthouse under its jurisdiction.

An unusual feature of this lighthouse is its stone stairway rather than the usual wrought iron.

The present apparatus, installed in 1915 is a first order Chance Brothers lens. Upgrades of this lantern were carried out in 1907, 1917 and 1940.

The original clockwork mechanism is still in place, though the light is now turned by an electric motor.

The lighthouse was renovated from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Work included the refurbishment of the lantern.

There is an excellent Museum in the old Assistant Lightkeepers Quarters.

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Title Address Description
Eastern (McCrae)
658 Point Nepean Rd, McCrae VIC 3938, Australia

Eastern (McCrae)

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)

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More history.


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Technical Details

First Exhibited1859
LocationLat: 38° 29.5720' S Long: 144° 53.1890' E
Original OpticChance 920mm fr catadioptric, alternate 45° flash panels and drum lens segments
Current OpticAs above
ConstructionWhite stone tower and lantern with red cupola
Height21 m
Elevation100 m
RangeNominal: Long Flash white: 19 nmiles red: 16 nmiles
Short Flash white: 27 nmiles red: 23 nmiles
Geographical: 25 nmiles
CharacterMorse: "N" ( - . ) in 22.5 secs
White with Red sectors
IntensityLong Flash white: 90,000 cd red: 22,000 cd
Short Flash white: 1,700,000 cd red: 430,000 cd
Light Source120V, 1000W, T.H.
Power Source240V AC mains
NotesAs at June 2012

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


The tower is not open to the public except by tour.


Tours are available  Facebook


No lighthouse accommodation is available