Bluff Point Lighthouses

The lower octagonal shaped tower, built on the beach, was destroyed by fire in 1955 and demolished. The upper tower is square and attached to the lightkeeper’s quarters. The towers were 260m apart. Both were built of limestone. The lightkeepers cottage has been the headquarters of the Geraldton Historical Society since 1972. There is a museum on the site and the lens from the upper light is on display.


A notice to mariners was issued on 17 October 1876 advising that the Bluff Leading Lights were now being exhibited from towers erected north of the settlement at Champion Bay (Geraldton). The alignment of the upper and lower lights indicated a natural break in the reef through which the town’s jetty was reached.

Prior to the establishment of the leading lights, ships would stand off during the night. By day, ships masters used the alignment of two hills as a day mark. A barrel on a tall pole on the shore assisted, and later a swathe was cut through the vegetation to show the alignment.

The towers each exhibited a fixed red light through 75 degrees, visible up to nine miles in clear weather. The lower tower was octagonal and was built on the beach. The upper tower is square and attached to the lightkeeper’s quarters. The towers were 260m apart. Both were built of limestone.

The upper light was 65ft above sea level and the lower light 41ft above sea level. Both had Chance Bros lenses. The lower light was described as being of the fourth order; the upper as a holophote.

The lower tower was damaged by fire in 1952 with a newspaper report saying that the keeper had extinguished the light at 7am. The fire was reported by 9.30am. When the fire engine arrived, the wooden lantern, gallery and internal stairs were well alight. Because of the soft sand the engine could not get to the tower so the fire was allowed to burn itself out. The report stated that a ‘lamp’ worth £300 was destroyed. (Total value of destruction was given as £500.) A seat marks the place where the lighthouse stood.

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Title Address Description
Cape Leeuwin
Leeuwin Rd, Augusta WA 6290, AustraliaGo to Cape Leeuwin
Breaksea Island
Unnamed Road, Nanarup WA 6330, AustraliaGo to Breaksea Island
Cave Point
Unnamed Road, Torndirrup WA 6330, AustraliaGo to Cave Point
Eclipse Island
The Gap Rd, Torndirrup WA 6330, AustraliaGo to Eclipse Island
Cape Naturaliste
Bunker Bay Walk Trail, Naturaliste WA 6281, AustraliaGo to Cape Naturaliste
Casuarina Point
1 Bennett Way, Bunbury WA 6230, AustraliaGo to Casuarina Point
Arthur Head
15 Captains Ln, Fremantle WA 6160, AustraliaGo to Arthur Head
South Mole
1 Fleet St, Fremantle WA 6160, AustraliaGo to South Mole
North Mole
N Mole Dr, North Fremantle WA 6159, AustraliaNorth Mole
Woodman Point
597 Cockburn Rd, Munster WA 6166, AustraliaGo to Woodman Point
Wadjemup (Rottnest)
Wadjemup Rd, Rottnest Island WA 6161, AustraliaGo to Wadjemup (Rottnest)
Bathurst Point
Lancier St, Rottnest Island WA 6161, AustraliaGo to Bathurst Point
5 Tank Road, Guilderton WA 6041, AustraliaGo to Guilderton
Escape Island
Escape Island, Western Australia, AustraliaGo to Escape Island
Pelsaert Island
Houtman Abrolhos WA 6530, AustraliaGo to Pelsaert Island
Point Moore
481-485 Marine Terrace, West End WA 6530, AustraliaGo to Point Moore
Bluff Point
118A Kempton St, Bluff Point WA 6530, AustraliaGo to Bluff Point
Cape Inscription
Unnamed Road, Dirk Hartog Island WA 6537, AustraliaGo to Cape Inscription
Babbage Island
13 Annear Pl, Babbage Island WA 6701, AustraliaGo to Babbage Island
Point Quobba
Unnamed Road, Macleod WA 6701, AustraliaGo to Point Quobba
Point Cloates
Cardabia-Ningaloo Rd, Ningaloo WA 6701, AustraliaGo to Point Cloates
Vlaming Head
Yardie Creek Rd, North West Cape WA 6707, AustraliaGot to Vlaming Head
Jarman Island
Reader Head Rd, Cossack WA 6720, AustraliaGo to Jarman Island
Gantheaume Point
Lurujarri Walk, Minyirr WA 6725, AustraliaGo to Gantheaume Point
Cape Bossut
Cape Bossut, Lagrange WA 6725, AustraliaGo to Cape Bossut
Cape Leveque
Broome-Cape Leveque Rd, Dampier Peninsula WA 6725, AustraliaGo to Cape Leveque
Caffarelli Island
Caffarelli Island, Western Australia, AustraliaGo to Caffarelli Island
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Most sources say that the lights were electrified and automated in 1943 – it seems that this was only the upper light. The position of lightkeeper Bluff Lights still appears in the WA Gazette of 1945. By 1950 the last keeper, Mr Angove, who had been appointed in 1941, is recorded as the lightkeeper at Geraldton, and was named in the newspaper report as tending the lower light at the time of the fire. He was presumably responsible for several lights in and around the port. He was still in this position in 1955 according to the WA Gazette. (The nearby Pt Moore lighthouse was under Commonwealth control.)

The lantern of the upper light was removed at some stage and roofed with corrugated iron. The lens is now on display in the museum which was once the keepers quarters on the site.

Today the entry to the bay is shown by an offshore marker and a pole on the shore, both of which are lit at night.


John Kelly, lightkeeper, May 1876 to Oct 1877. Joseph Wright, lightkeeper, Nov 1877 to 1887. Herbert Smith, lightkeeper, May 1887 to 1894. Charles Williams, lightkeeper, March 1894 to March 1908. Frederick George Banmann Edwards, lightkeeper, 1 March 1908 to June 1919. Carl Johan Hansen, lightkeeper, 1 July 1918 to June 1925. Alfred Edgar Thomas, lightkeeper, 1 Aug 1925 to 1941. John Stanley Angove, lightkeeper, 30 June 1941 to 1945.

Technical Details

First Exhibited17th October 1876
Permanent Tower1876
LocationLat. 28°44'37.09"S Long. 114°37'16.95"E
Original OpticChance Bros
Current OpticNA
Range9 miles
CharacterFixed Red
Light Source
Power Source
CustodianGeraldton Historical Society
NotesFront lead demolished following a fire in 1952
  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The museum attached to the tower can be visited by calling 0899213790.

Site Access

The lighthouse grounds are open all year round.


By arrangement with the Geraldton Historical Society.


No lighthouse accommodation is available


The museum is operated by the Geraldton Historical society.

Friends Group

There is no Friends Group

Associated Lighthouse

Point Moore.



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