Bathurst Point Lighthouse

The Bathurst Lighthouse forms the subsidiary light to the Main Rottnest Island Light, enabling vessels entering and leaving the Port of Fremantle to safely navigate the reefs around the island.

History

Built from local limestone in 1900, the tower is painted white with a gold lantern dome.

The Bathurst Lighthouse was built as a result of shipwrecks culminating in the the “City of York” disaster in 1899.

The light was one of four erected between 1910 and 1912 leading up to the Commonwealth takeover of coastal lights in 1915.

The tower is on the north east cape of Rottnest Island.  It is the subsidiary light to the Main Rottnest Island Lighthouse in the centre of the island.  This meant that vessels, travelling to and from the Port of Fremantle, could safely navigate around the reefs using triangulation.

The light was erected close the the original Pilot Station which was known to have been established by 1866.

The lamphouse and light mechanism was the one originally intended for use as the lower light at Cape Leeuwin but never used.

The original fixed acetylene open flame light source was replaced in 1920 by an acetylene flasher and the light was then demanned.

In 1986 the light was converted to electric operation.

The keepers cottage was sold to the Rottnest Island Board and is at present occupied by Board employees.

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Title Address Description
Cape Leeuwin
Leeuwin Rd, Augusta WA 6290, Australia

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Breaksea Island
Unnamed Road, Nanarup WA 6330, Australia

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Cave Point
Unnamed Road, Torndirrup WA 6330, Australia

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Eclipse Island
The Gap Rd, Torndirrup WA 6330, Australia

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Cape Naturaliste
Bunker Bay Walk Trail, Naturaliste WA 6281, Australia

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Casuarina Point
1 Bennett Way, Bunbury WA 6230, Australia

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Arthur Head
15 Captains Ln, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

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South Mole
1 Fleet St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

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North Mole
N Mole Dr, North Fremantle WA 6159, Australia

North Mole

Woodman Point
597 Cockburn Rd, Munster WA 6166, Australia

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Wadjemup (Rottnest)
Wadjemup Rd, Rottnest Island WA 6161, Australia

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Bathurst Point
Lancier St, Rottnest Island WA 6161, Australia

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Guilderton
5 Tank Road, Guilderton WA 6041, Australia

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Escape Island
Escape Island, Western Australia, Australia

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Pelsaert Island
Houtman Abrolhos WA 6530, Australia

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Point Moore
481-485 Marine Terrace, West End WA 6530, Australia

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Bluff Point
118A Kempton St, Bluff Point WA 6530, Australia

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Cape Inscription
Unnamed Road, Dirk Hartog Island WA 6537, Australia

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Babbage Island
13 Annear Pl, Babbage Island WA 6701, Australia

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Point Quobba
Unnamed Road, Macleod WA 6701, Australia

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Point Cloates
Cardabia-Ningaloo Rd, Ningaloo WA 6701, Australia

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Vlaming Head
Yardie Creek Rd, North West Cape WA 6707, Australia

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Jarman Island
Reader Head Rd, Cossack WA 6720, Australia

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Gantheaume Point
Lurujarri Walk, Minyirr WA 6725, Australia

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Cape Bossut
Cape Bossut, Lagrange WA 6725, Australia

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Cape Leveque
Broome-Cape Leveque Rd, Dampier Peninsula WA 6725, Australia

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Caffarelli Island
Caffarelli Island, Western Australia, Australia

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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

First Exhibited1 September 1900
CurrentTower1900
Architect
StatusActive
Location31° 59.4´ S 115° 32.4´ E
OpticChance Bros 2nd order Fixed
Automated
Demanned
ConstructionGrey stone tower, gold cupola
Height19 m
Elevation30 m
Range14 nm
CharacterFl.(4)W. every 16 secs
Intensity
Light Source
Power Source
Operator
Notes

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

Access

Rottnest Island can be reached by ferry from Perth.  The lighthouse is within easy walking or cycling distance.  There are regular formal tours conducted by the Rottnest Island.

Site Access

The lighthouse grounds are open all year round.

Tours

No tours are available.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available in the original keepers cottage.

Associated Lighthouse

Rottnest Island Lighthouse