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.
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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The lighthouse is a public reserve accessible by road and walking to the south of the Point Lonsdale township.
The Lighthouse was being opened regularly on Sundays. Check with the Queenscliff Maritime Museum.
No lighthouse accommodation is available
Queenscliff Maritime Museum has many Lighthouse artifacts