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The tower and Headkeeper's cottage as seen from the
verandah of the Assistant Keepers' cottage at sunset
Photo: Steve Merson

The Green Cape Lighthouse

The Green Cape Lighthouse was the first cast concrete lighthouse tower in Australia. It is situated in the picturesque Ben Boyd National Park.

Operation (Old Tower)

LOCATION: Latitude 37° 15' S Longitude 150° 03' E (Map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
LIGHT SOURCE: 1000W 120 Volt tungsten halogen
INTENSITY: 1,000,000 cd
ELEVATION: 89 metres
RANGE: 40 kilometres
HEIGHT: 29 metres

The Old and New Green Cape Lighthouses
The Old and New Green Cape Lighthouses
Photograph: Cyril Curtain

The Green Cape Lighthouse and Headkeeper's cottage in stormy weather
Photograph: Steve Merson

The magnificent lens of the Green Cape lighthouse
Photograph: Steve Merson


The Green Cape Lighthouse was built in 1883 and was the first cast concrete lighthouse tower in Australia.  At 29 metres it is the state's second tallest light. 

The lightstation is situated on a point of land projecting from Ben Boyd National Park. It is the southernmost lighthouse in New South Wales. 

Problems occurred during construction when a 6 metre white clay belt was discovered forcing the foundation to be dug to 9 metres altogether.

The original Chance Brothers revolving lantern was fuelled by kerosene and mantle, and produced 100,000 candelas for a radius of 34km.

The light was electrified in 1962 and upgraded to 1,000,000 candelas in 1967.

The tower has since been replaced by the latest automated steel lattice skeleton tower with a solar powered light.


Despite the presence of the lighthouse a major shipwreck occurred in May 1886.  The SS Ly-ee-moon en route to Sydney from Melbourne, struck a reef close to the Green Cape in Southern NSW at night.  71 souls were lost with the lighthouse keepers only being able to save 15 people under the conditions.

The Green Cape Lightstation from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


The Green Cape Lighthouse is located in the Ben Boyd National Park 22 kilometres south of Two Fold Bay. Accommodation is available. The nearest town is Eden.

At Cape's end - the road to the Green Cape lighthouse
Photograph: Steve Merson

The Green Cape Lightstation
Photograph: Steve Merson


Light the coast like a street with lamps Bulletin Aug 04
'Lightkeeper' for six weeks - Steve Merson Bulletin Aug 04
NSW South Coast lighthouse trip - Kristie Eggleston Bulletin Dec 03
Lighthouses From the Air: Part 2 - Winsome Bonham Bulletin Oct 01
Memories of Lighthouse Life - Beryl Royal Bulletin Mar 00
Pt Perpendicular Expedition (Part 2) Bulletin Dec 99

The Green Cape Lightstation
Photograph: Steve Merson


Lighthouse keepers in NSW - Josiah, Fred Sr, Fred Jr & Bill Warren Bulletin Sep 03
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Response to looking for Horace Parker Bulletin Apr 01

The Surrounding Area

Special Thanks to:

  • Cyril Curtain for Photographs
  • Grant Maizels for Photographs
  • Linda Merson for Photograph
  • Steve Merson for Photographs


  • Brian Lord
  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid

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