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The Cape Martin Lighthouse at Beachport

The light from the Cape Martin Lighthouse was originally located in the Penguin Island Lighthouse tower now lying abandoned several kilometres to the South.

The Cape Martin Lighthouse looking towards Beachport
The Cape Martin Lighthouse looking towards Beachport
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 37⹧ 5" S, Longitude 140ధ 0" E (Map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Flashing Every 20 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 120v 1000w Tungsten Halogen Lamp
POWER SOURCE: Mains Electricity
INTENSITY: 40,000 cd
ELEVATION: 38 metres
RANGE: 18 nautical miles
HEIGHT: 12 metres

Cape Banks Lighthouse && cottages (now demolished) 1921
The original Cape Martin Lighthouse
Photograph courtesy: AMSA
History

Established in 1960 the lighthouse replaced the nearby Penguin Island Lighthouse. The light from Penguin Island was reused in the new structure.

The apparatus was converted to electricity in 1974.

Only being 4.5 metres high the new light was found to be inadequate due to the build up of nearby sand dunes that obscured the light. In 1980, the tower was raised to its current height of 12 metres using precast concrete slabs.

  

Access

The lighthouse is located on a point above Beachport and the reserve is accessible to the public. It is with close walking and driving distance. From this point the Penguin Island Lighthouse can also be viewed. There are no tours.

  

The Surrounding Area


The Current Cape Martin Lighthouse
The Cape Martin Lighthouse
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

The Cape Martin Lighthouse
The Cape Martin Lighthouse
Photograph: AMSA


Aerial view of the Cape Martin Lighthouse
Photograph: Winsome Bonham

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Special Thanks to:

  • AMSA for Historical Photograph
  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph

Sources:

  • AMSA
  • Brian Lord

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