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The Cape Moreton Lighthouse

The Cape Moreton Lightstation [Photograph: Grant Maizels]
The Cape Moreton Lightstation
Photograph: Grant Maizels


LOCATION: Lat. 27° 02.0'S, Long. 153° 27.9'E (map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Flashing (4) in 20.00 sec
LIGHT SOURCE: 12V 35W C8 Halogen LP PR30s
POWER SOURCE: Solar Panels
INTENSITY: 14,000 cd
ELEVATION: 122 metres
RANGE: 15 N Miles
HEIGHT: 23 Metres
HERITAGE: Register of the National Estate

The Cape Moreton Lighthouse on Moreton Island [Photograph: John Ibbotson]
The Cape Moreton Lighthouse on Moreton Island
Photograph: John Ibbotson


Cape Moreton was the first lighthouse to be built in Queensland, but was not the first lighthouse built by the Queensland government, indeed it was built as a New South Wales light in 1857 before Queensland became a separate colony.

It was built because of the increasing traffic to the northern coast , but for a long time was the only light on the 3,236 miles of coastline.

The entrance into Moreton Bay, near the island, is scattered with wrecks that attest the the notoriousness of the bay.

The tower is constructed of sandstone quarried on the island. It stands on a rare rocky promontory on a sand island.

The tower was extended in 1928 and is now 23 metres.

The original light source oil wick. It was converted in in 1930 to pressurised acetylene gas. This installation did not continue for long as in 1937 the apparatus was converted to 240v electricity. Solar conversion took place in 1993.

The lighthouse is on the northern point of Moreton Island. On the west side of the island is Tangalooma which was also once home to Queensland's first and only whaling station from 1952 to 1962.

This former whaling station has now been converted to a small resort and caters mainly for day trippers from Brisbane.

On 1 July 1915, Cape Moreton passed from State to Federal control.



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The Wharton Reef Lighthouse now located in the middle of a traffic round-about [Photograph: John Ibbotson]
The sandstone tower is now solar powered
Photograph: Jason Green

The station landrover at the Cape [Photograph: Ray Hudson]
The station Landrover at the Cape
Photograph: Ray Hudson

The Cape Moreton Lightstation is perch high on the island's northern tip [Photograph: Grant Maizels]
The Cape Moreton Lightstation is perched high on Moreton Island's northern tip
Photograph: Grant Maizels

The Cape Moreton Lightstation from the air [Photograph: Winsome Bonham]
The Cape Moreton Lightstation from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham

Special Thanks to:

  • Grant Maizels for Photographs
  • Jason Green for Photograph
  • John Ibbotson for Photograph
  • Ray Hudson for Photograph
  • Winsome Bonham for Photographs


  • Brian Lord
  • Harbours & Marine 1859-1873
  • Wolfgang Schippke

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