Split Point Lighthouse

The ‘White Queen’ as she is affectionately known is a welcome sight for ships that have rounded Cape Otway.

Overlooking Eagle Rock the lighthouse is not only a beacon to seafarers but also to travellers on the Great Ocean Road.

History

Originally called Eagles Nest Point, the lighthouse was built in 1891.

The cement rendered concrete tower has a Chance Brothers first order lantern and a 920mm focal radius lens.

The original light source was vapourised kerosene. When it was taken over by the Commonwealth Government in 1919 the light was converted to acetylene and automated. Conversion to mains electricity took place in 1972.

The nights tending lights were long and Gordon Reid tells of one keeper’s solution to the problem in his book, From Dusk Till Dawn.

“The keeper at Split Point at Airey’s Inlet in Victoria did not exactly sleep on the job but he did not see why he should be deprived of his social life at night. He scratched a small hole in the black paint on the back of the lantern, which prevents the light shining inland and annoying residents. This keeper, Richard Joy Baker, scratched the hole to line up with the Airey’s Inlet Hotel. Each time the lenses rotated, the light winked through the hole, assuring the keeper (who had retired to the hotel) that all was well.”

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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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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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In March 2004, the two assistant keeper’s cottages were put up for auction. Much speculation and publicity surrounded the event, and there were hundreds of people at the auction on 6 March. The auction result was reported in local newspapers, The Geelong Advertiser and The Echo – the cottages were sold for an undisclosed figure over AU$1.5 million.

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

First Exhibited1891
Architect
StatusActive
LocationLat: 38° 28.0840' S Long: 144° 06.2680' E
Current Optic1st order fixed lens (original)
Automated
Demanned
ConstructionWhite concrete tower and lantern
Height34 m 24.8 metres to base of lantern
Elevation66 m
RangeNominal: White 20 NM Red 14 NM
Geographical: 21 NM
CharacterFL. W. (4) 20 s with red sector
IntensityWhite: 93000 cd Red: 9300 cd
Light SourceSealite SL-LED-324-W
Power SourceMains supply
OperatorAMSA
Notes

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

Site Access

The lighthouse grounds are open all year round.

Tours

Split Point Lighthouse is managed by Eco Logic Education & Environmental Services.

Guided tours are available every weekend and during school holidays:
9am – 5pm in Summer
11am – 3pm in Winter

Tours can also be booked on weekdays with a minimum group size of 4.

Note: Children must be 5 years or over. Private access for weddings and functions is also available. Family and group discounts apply.

Tour bookings – Free call 1800 174 045   For more information, tour prices and on-line booking facilities visit: www.ecologic.net.au

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Accommodation

No lighthouse accommodation is available