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The Robe Lighthouse

The modern Robe Lighthouse is a star-shaped concrete tower which was built in 1972.

The Robe Lighthouse was built as an automated unmanned light to replace the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse.

The Robe Lighthouse With the Obelisk in the Distance
The Robe Lighthouse with the obelisk in the distance
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 37° 10' S; Longitude 139° 45' E (Map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Group Flash 3 Every 10 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 120v 1000w Tungsten Halogen Lamp
POWER SOURCE: Mains Electricity, Standby Generator
INTENSITY: 120,000 cd
ELEVATION: 63 metres
RANGE: 20 Nautical Miles (36 kilometres)
HEIGHT: 19 metres

History

The Robe Lighthouse is a star-shaped concrete tower which was built in 1972. It is 3.5 metres wide at the bottom, and slants towards 5 metres wide at the top.

It was built to replace the now defunct Cape Jaffa Lighthouse near Kingston.

The light array is three vertical banks of 5 x 200w headlight type lamps in each bank. The light has always been automatic and therefore unmanned.

In the early days of settlement, Robe was the main port for the south-east of South Australia and the border country.

Until the establishment of this light, the only navigational aid into Robe was an obelisk.

  

Access

The lighthouse on the western edge of the Robe township and is easily accessible by road.

  

The Surrounding Area

The Robe Lighthouse
The Robe Lighthouse
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

The Robe Lighthouse With the Obelisk in the Distance
The Robe Lighthouse from the Obelisk
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

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The Robe Lighthouse after a coat of white paint
Photograph: Kristie Eggleston


Other Robe Sites



Aerial view of the Robe Lighthouse
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


The Robe Obelisk
Photograph: Kristie Eggleston


Special Thanks to:

  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph
  • Kristie Eggleston for Photographs

Sources:

  • AMSA
  • Brian Lord

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19/02/99
25/12/98

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