McCrae (Eastern) Lighthouse

The Eastern Lighthouse at McCrae guides mariners through the South Channel on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay. McCrae is on the bay side of the Mornington Peninsula.

The lighthouse structure is the tallest on mainland Victoria.

History

Built in 1874, this steel tower is the tallest on the mainland of Victoria.

Sometimes known as either the Dromana Lighthouse or the Rosebud Lighthouse, the lighthouse is actually located between both areas at McCrae. It is also known as the South Channel Lighthouse.

One of the unique features of this light is that is has which has not only dioptric, but also catadioptric and holophotal lens systems.

When in operation the light gave with the South Channel Pile Light a “lights-in-line” channel-centre guidance to inward-bound ships coming up Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne.

Note that the lighthouse keepers buildings have since been demolished.

The lighthouse which was the tallest in Victoria, was turned off by the Port of Melbourne Authority 1994.

It was transferred to the McCrae Foreshore Committee via the Department of Natural Resources and Energy in 1996.

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Melbourne Leading Light Rear

Melbourne Leading Light Rear

Melbourne Leading Light Rear
66 Beacon Vista, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia

Melbourne Leading Light Rear

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Melbourne Leading Light Front

Melbourne Leading Light Front

Melbourne Leading Light Front
Bay Trail, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia

Melbourne Leading Light Front

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Williamstown Timeball

Williamstown Timeball

Williamstown Timeball
Timeball Tower, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia

Williamstown Timeball

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Point Gellibrand Pile Light

Point Gellibrand Pile Light

Point Gellibrand Pile Light
31 Battery Rd, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia

Point Gellibrand Pile Light

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West Channel Pile Light

West Channel Pile Light

West Channel Pile Light
75 Bluff Rd, St Leonards VIC 3223, Australia

West Channel Pile Light

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South Channel Pile Light

South Channel Pile Light

South Channel Pile Light
2591 Point Nepean Rd, Rye VIC 3941, Australia

South Channel Pile Light

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Eastern (McCrae)

Eastern (McCrae)

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

Eastern (McCrae)

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Cape Schanck

Cape Schanck

Cape Schanck
Cape Schanck Access Rd, Cape Schanck VIC 3939, Australia

Cape Schanck

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Shortland Bluff (Black)

Shortland Bluff (Black)

Shortland Bluff (Black)
66 Gellibrand St, Queenscliff VIC 3225, Australia

Shortland Bluff (Black)

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Queenscliff (Low) White

Queenscliff (Low) White

Queenscliff (Low) White
133 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC 3225, Australia

Queenscliff (Low) White

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Port Phillip Lights

Port Phillip Lights

Port Phillip Lights
133 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC 3225, Australia

Port Phillip Lights

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Point Lonsdale

Point Lonsdale

Point Lonsdale
9-13 Point Lonsdale Rd, Point Lonsdale VIC 3225, Australia

Point Lonsdale

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More history.

Keepers

We need your help in compiling a list of keepers for this lighthouse. If you have any information then send it to keeper@lighthouses.org.au.

Please include this lighthouse’s name, the keepers full name and what years they were keepers. Also include the same information for any other lights they were on.

Technical Details

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Permanent Tower
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Automated
Demanned
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Power Source
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Notes

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

Access

The lighthouse is in the Lighthouse Reserve on beach side of the Nepean Highway at McCrae between Dromana and Rosebud.

Though the lighthouse is fenced off there is no restriction of access to the reserve.

Tours

No tours are available.

Associated Lighthouse

South Channel Pile Light  Internal Link