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The Cape Liptrap Lighthouse

Cape Liptrap stands upon a rocky cliff top, on a solitary part of the South Gippsland coastline, warning ships of the rocks in treacherous Bass Strait.

The Cape Liptrap Lighthouse
Photograph: 4C's Enterprises


LOCATION: Latitude 38° 54' 5" S, Longitude 145° 55' 4" E (Map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
CHARACTER: Flashing 3 every 15 seconds
INTENSITY: 40,000 Candelas
ELEVATION: 93.6 Metres
RANGE: 18 Nautical Mile
HEIGHT: 9.75 Metres


The first Cape Liptrap lighthouse was established in 1913. It was a 2.1 metre steel tower with an acetylene light. As a keeper was never stationed at Cape Liptrap, it is really the first automatic Commonwealth funded light to be put into service.

The current lighthouse was built in 1951 in cast concrete, and is octagonal in shape. It was converted to mains power in 1970.

The Cape Liptrap Lighthouse
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

The Cape Liptrap Lighthouse
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas


The lighthouse is on an isolated point in the Cape Liptrap Coastal Reserve and can be reached via Walkerville.

Turn into South Walkerville Road then right into the Cape Liptrap Road.

There is no restriction of access to the reserve.

Freshly painted and fenced Cape Liptrap Lighthouse in 2001
Photograph: Bonnie Shultz

The Cape Liptrap Lighthouse
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas

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The Surrounding Area

Aerial view of the Cape Liptrap Lighthouse. Note the new fencing and
 landscaping around the tower, which was installed in 2000/01
Photograph: Winsome Bonham

Special Thanks to:

  • 4C's Enterprises for Photographs
  • Bonnie Shultz for Photograph
  • Ed Kavaliunas for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph


  • AMSA
  • From Dusk Till Dawn by Gordon Reid
  • Gippsland Internet Pty Ltd
  • Lighthouses of Australia: Images from the End of an Era by John Ibbotson
  • The Lighthouses of Victoria by Dacre Smyth

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