Point Quobba Lighthouse

The tower is about 10.9m high and 3.6m in diameter. The focal plane is 14m above ground level or 48.7m above sea level.


Until 1948 Quobba Point was known as Point Charles. It was renamed when the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service decided to build a lighthouse on the point – it could have created confusion with the lighthouse at Point Charles in the Northern Territory.

Tenders for the construction of a reinforced concrete lighthouse at Quobba Point were opened in June 1949. The tender was won by Mr SV Adams whose price was £5,784. The lighthouse was not manned – it was fitted with a sunvalve to automatically light and extinguish the lamp that was powered by acetylene.

Before construction could begin, a road had to be built to the site, which is approximately 75km north-west of Carnarvon.

The West Australian newspaper noted on 3 September 1949 that building would commence ‘when materials were available’. The following month, the paper reported that the lighthouse tender Cape Otway had arrived at Fremantle and discharged 25 tons of materials for the new lighthouse.

The lantern and staircase from the Point Cloates lighthouse, which had been replaced by an offshore steel skeletal tower in 1936, were re-used at the Point Quobba lighthouse.

The tower originally had a concrete gallery and railing, but by 1979 large cracks had appeared, and the gallery was replaced by a steel gallery and railing. The first order lens, which had come from Cape Wickham, was removed in 1988 when the light was converted to solar power.


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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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Point Quobba was constructed as a fully automatic light.

Technical Details

First Exhibited1950
LocationLat: 24° 28.7903' S Long: 113° 25.0954’ E
Original Optic
Current OpticVega VRB-25
ConstructionWhite round concrete tower and Chance 12' 9" diameter lantern with red dome
Height18 m
Elevation64 m
RangeNominal: 16 nm Geographical: 21 nm
CharacterFl. W. (4) in 20 secs
Intensity24, 816 cd
Light Source12V 35W C8 Halogen LP PR30s
Power SourceSolar Conversion: 28/10/88
NotesAs at August 2016
  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The tower is not open to the public.

Site Access

The lighthouse grounds are open all year round.


No tours are available.


No lighthouse accommodation is available


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Friends Group

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