Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

A vigil is kept by the still manned Point Lonsdale Lighthouse over the narrow entrance to Port Phillip Bay. The Rip, as it is known, is one of the most notorious entrances to any bay in the world.

History

his lighthouse is one of the few left that is staffed 24 hours a day. The base has an signal and observation room for the control of shipping through the Heads.

Point Lonsdale received a signal station in 1852 to help ships negotiate its dangerous waters.

Four years later, a red pillar beacon was built to warn of Lonsdale Rock.

A wooden lighthouse from Shortland Bluff was then dismantled and re-erected at Point Lonsdale in 1863.

The present lighthouse was built in 1902, but the earlier wooden lighthouse was not cut up for firewood until 1912.

In 1915 the light passed from the Victorian State Government to Commonwealth control. It was handed back in 1934 and classified as a harbour entrance light rather than a “Coastal Highway Light”.

The base was altered in 1950 to provide an observation and shipping control room.

This is possibly the last manned lighthouse in Australia.

The lighthouse celebrated its centenary in 2002.

 

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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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Split Point

Split Point

Split Point
Federal St, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231, Australia

Split Point

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Keepers

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Notes

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

Access

The lighthouse is a public reserve accessible by road and walking to the south of the Point Lonsdale township.

Tours

The Lighthouse was being opened regularly on Sundays. Check with the Queenscliff Maritime Museum. External link

Accommodation

No lighthouse accommodation is available

Museum

Queenscliff Maritime Museum External link  has many Lighthouse artifacts

Associated Lighthouse

Shortland Bluff (Queenscliff Black)  Internal Link

Queenscliff Low (White)  Internal Link

Port Phillip Heads  Internal Link