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Australian Lighthouse Links

The following links represent only authoritative, government or the "official" websites of Australian lighthouses. Links specific to any one lighthouse are found on the page relative to that lighthouse.

Note: Please refer to the external links disclaimer for more information.

General Australian Lighthouse Websites

Link Author Details Australian Maritime Safety Authority The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is a largely self-funded government agency with the charter of enhancing efficiency in the delivery of safety and other services to the Australian maritime industry. Garry Searle A comprehensive site listing all Australian Lighthouses, and includes many photographs and historical lighthouse postcards in the author's collection Kevin Mulcahy Contains a comprehensive list of all significant Australian Lighthouses and other major Oceania maritime lights, including photographs and technical details. John Ibbotson Descriptions and ordering information for the various Australian lighthouse books and other products produced by John Ibbotson Grant Maizels Grant Maizels and Tracey Mitchell have been visiting and photographing Australian Lighthouses since their honeymoon in April 1997. Neil McDonell An exploration of Australia and New Zealand's maritime history and today's sea, ship and shore attractions, activities and adventures. Cape Don Society The "MV Cape Don Society" was founded to carry out the refurbishment and conservation of the historic Lighthouse Tender MV Cape Don as a part of the maritime history of Australia, in accordance with maritime heritage guidelines. Russ Rowlett A comprehensive listing of lighthouses around the world, including Australia.

New South Wales

Link Author Details National Parks & Wildlife Service Includes information on the 10 historic lighthouses managed by the NPWS - Cape Byron, South Solitary Island, Smoky Cape, Sugarloaf Point, Point Stephens, Barranjoey Head, Inner South Head, Cape Baily, Montague Island and Green Cape, plus details on others located within National or State parks. Jervis Sparks Jervis Sparks, a long-time caretaker at Barranjoey Lighthouse, has prepared a website showcasing the Barranjoey light, and to promote his two books. Cape Don Society The "MV Cape Don Society" was founded to carry out the refurbishment and conservation of the historic Lighthouse Tender MV Cape Don as a part of the maritime history of Australia, in accordance with maritime heritage guidelines.


Link Author Details Kristie Eggleston A website devoted to Victorian lighthouses, which includes maps and many photographs of most of the state's lighthouses. Parks Victoria Includes information on the following lighthouses located within National or State Parks - Cape Otway, Cape Schanck, Wilsons Promontory, Point Gellibrand, Gabo Island and Cape Nelson Cape Otway Lightstation The "official" Cape Otway Lighthouse website

Western Australia

Link Author Details Pauline O'Brien A site developed to make accessible the body of knowledge available on Western Australia's lighthouses - their images, their history and their changing role, from when ships first started bumping into our coastlines until today. WA Dept of Conservation & Land Management Includes information regarding some of the lighthouses located within National or State Parks - Cape Leeuwin & Cape Naturaliste


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South Australia

Link Author Details ParksWeb SA Includes information on the following lighthouses located within National or State Parks - Cape Willoughby, Cape Spencer, West Cape, Point Lowly, Cape Banks, Cape Borda, Cape du Couedic, Troubridge Island, Cape Donington, Althorpe Island, South Page and Peter Island Lighthouses


Link Author Details Parks & Wildlife Service Includes information on the following lighthouses located within National or State Parks - Deal Island, Rocky Cape, Tasman Island, Cape Tourville

Northern Territory

Link Author Details Cape Don Lodge Cape Don is the site of a historic lighthouse built in 1916 which is still in operation today, and Cape Don Lodge is within the newly renovated Head Lighthouse Keeper's homestead. 

Maritime Museums - National & State

Link Museum Details Australian National Maritime Museum Provides a list of resources about lighthouses and lightships Western Australian Maritime Museum The Western Australian Maritime Museum provides exhibitions on Shipwrecks discovered off the Western Australian coast and Western Australia's Maritime endeavours. South Australian Maritime Museum Close to the sea, in Port Adelaide’s historic Bond Stores, which in the 1850s were built to hold goods and cargo, but today, they offer a historical journey of revelation, exploration and stimulation. Maritime Museum of Tasmania Dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Tasmania’s rich maritime heritage for all time. Queensland Maritime Museum The Queensland Maritime Museum has the most complete history of maritime events in Queensland.

Local Maritime Museums

Link Museum Details Melbourne Maritime Museum, Victoria Contains the Polly Woodside, the restored 1885 tall ship, and the salvaged Point Gellibrand Lighthouse. The museum offers an insight on the development of the Port of Melbourne.
Geelong Naval and Maritime Museum, Victoria Geelong Historical Society for Genealogy and Local History Research in Geelong and surrounding districts.
Townsville Maritime Museum, Queensland Townsville Maritime Museum - a fascinating insight into the naval and maritime history of Townsville including the Yongala.
Port Albert Maritime Museum, Victoria Award winning maritime museum at Port Albert, South Gippsland, Victoria. Has on display the restored lantern room from the Citadel Island Lighthouse.
Goolwa Maritime Museum, South Australia Reflecting the art and history of maritime involvement in South Australia and the South Coast.
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, New South Wales Ballina is blessed with a celebrated and comprehensive Maritime Museum, housing the famous Las Balsas cross Pacific raft and a myriad other maritime exhibits. Whyalla Maritime Museum, South Australia The Whyalla Maritime Museum complex consists of the former HMAS Whyalla, museum building and Australian native plants garden. Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, Victoria Flagstaff Hill is a recreated coastal village nestled on a hill overlooking the infamous Shipwreck Coast, and contains the Lady Bay Upper and Lower Lighthouses. Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, Victoria The Portland Maritime Discovery Centre is an informative complex dedicated to revealing the area's maritime history. Lady Denman Heritage Complex, New South Wales Principal exhibit is the restored wooden ferry Lady Denman, other galleries contain displays on Aboriginal history, European exploration and settlement, shipbuilding, lighthouses and shipwrecks. Queenscliff Maritime Museum The Queenscliff Maritime Museum offers a growing number of displays relating to sea rescue, shipping and our maritime heritage.
Port MacDonnell and District Maritime Museum, South Australia Port MacDonnell's Maritime Museum packs a lot of history into a small space. It tells with gusto the story of South Australia's southernmost town and the seas around it. Low Head Pilot Station & Maritime Museum, Tasmania With a magnificent collection of maritime and local artefacts the museum is a great place to discover the history of Low Head.

Archives - National & State

Link Archive Details National Archives of Australia Because responsibility for lighthouses remained a State responsibility until 1915, many early lighthouse records are held in the collections of state archives. Items in the NAA's archives include logbooks, architectural drawings and specifications, lighthouse station records, correspondence files, lighthouse reports and photographs. State Records of New South Wales A site offering ready access to records which illuminate history, enrich the life of the community and support good and accountable government. Queensland State Archives Queensland State Archives is the custodian of the largest and most significant documentary heritage collection in Queensland. It manages the State’s archival holdings and facilitates public access to the State’s cultural and historical records. Public Record Office of South Australia State Records of South Australia is the home for much of South Australia's official documentary heritage. State Records holds large numbers of maps, plans, photographs and films, in addition to the vast number of paper files dating back to the 1830s. Archives Office of Tasmania Regulates and assists government organisations to provide effective record-keeping, preserves records identified as the State’s archives, and enables effective public access to these records. Public Record Office of Victoria Public Record Office Victoria is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. We hold records from the beginnings of the colonial administration of Victoria in the mid-1830s to today. Public Records of Western Australia The State Records Office is the authority with responsibility for managing, preserving and providing access to the State's archives. Northern Territory Archives Service The Northern Territory Archives Service is responsible for the preservation and management of Territory records, both government and non-government.

Libraries - National & State

Link Archive Details National Library of Australia The National Library of Australia takes you on an information journey through centuries, continents and civilisations using our collections, services, exhibitions and publications, and includes PictureAustralia. State Library of New South Wales The State Library of New South Wales, which includes the Mitchell Library, is the major public reference and information service for the people of NSW. State Library of Victoria The State Library of Victoria is the major reference and research library in Victoria, responsible for collecting and preserving Victoria's documentary heritage and making it available through a range of services and programs. State Library of Queensland Australia's custodian of Queensland documentary heritage, a major reference and research library, and advocate and financial partner of a statewide public library network. State Library of Tasmania State Library of Tasmania's website - gateway to many services and extensive resources available for enjoyment, education, and enrichment. State Library of South Australia The State Library is one of the agencies of Arts SA along with the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artlab, Carrick Hill, Maritime Museum, Migration Museum, and the South Australian Museum. State Library of Western Australia  Provides and promotes equitable access to information resources and services which support the intellectual, economic, cultural, social and recreational needs of the people of Western Australia. Northern Territory Library The Northern Territory Library provides for the information, educational and cultural needs of the people of the Northern Territory through a range of services.

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