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The New Caloundra Lighthouse
The new Caloundra Lighthouse built in 1967
Photograph: Grant Maizels

The New Caloundra Lighthouse

The new Caloundra Lighthouse was short-lived in comparison to its predecessor, due to its light being obscured by the growth of high rise buildings in Caloundra.

Last Operation (1997)

LOCATION: Latitude 26° 48'S; Longitude 153° 08'E 
OPERATOR Queensland Department of Harbours and Marine
CHARACTER: 2 Flashes Every 10 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 200 Watt Sealed Beam Lamp Array
POWER SOURCE: Mains Electricity, Battery Backup
INTENSITY: 1,000,000 cd
ELEVATION: 52 metres
RANGE: 24 nautical miles
DEACTIVATED: Signal Station 1992; Light 1997

The Old Caloundra Lighthouse Next It's Replacement
The new Caloundra Lighthouse next its predecessor 
Photograph Courtesy: The Observer


The First Caloundra Lighthouse was established in 1896 and was the typical Queensland tower; a timber frame with metal cladding. 

In 1967 a new lighthouse, signal tower and radar station was erected for the Caloundra Harbour was erected next to the old lighthouse on Canberra Terrace.

The old light was discontinued in 1968 and later shifted to Golden Beach.

Red (note photograph left) and green sectors were incorporated in the light. 

The new light has quickly become ineffective with the increase in height of buildings in Caloundra.

In 1978 a new coastal light was constructed at Point Cartwright, 14 kilometres to the north. 

To allow further development to proceed, the Harbour light was relocated in 1992 to an unobscured position on top of the "Seapoint" units at Wickham Point, with the original remaining on standby.



The light would have been automatic, but the lighthouse still served as a signal station therefore employing signalmen.



DISTANCE: 400 m (Caloundra)
: 90 km (Brisbane)
ACCESS: Public reserve on Canberra Terrace

Built in 1967, The New Lighthouse, Is Now Under Threat
Built in 1967, the new lighthouse
is now under threat
Photograph: R Neilson

The Deteriorating Condition of the Old Caloundra Lighthouse
The new Caloundra Lighthouse built in 1967
Photograph: Grant Maizels

The Surrounding Area

The old and new Caloundra lighthouses side-by-side
Photograph: Denise Shultz

The old and new Caloundra lighthouses
Photograph: Annette Flotwell


Caloundra Trip With Denise Shultz Bulletin Apr 01
Annette Flotwell's East Coast Lighthouse Trip: Part 2 Bulletin Aug 03

Other New Caloundra Sites

New Caloundra Lighthouse Grant Maizels

Special Thanks to:

  • Annette Flotwell for Photograph
  • Denise Shultz for Photograph
  • Grant Maizels for Photographs
  • R Neilson for Photographs
  • The Observer for Historical Photographs


  • Brian Lord
  • Caloundra City Libraries
  • Sunday Mail

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