Cape Moreton Lighthouse, Moreton Island

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Cape Moreton Light, also listed as North Point Range Rear Light, is an heritage-listed active lighthouse located on Cape Moreton, a rocky headland located at the north eastern tip of Moreton Island, a large sand island on the eastern side of Moreton Bay, on the coast of South East Queensland, Australia. It marks the northern entrance to Moreton Bay and Brisbane and also serves as the rear light for the North Point Range. With its two distinctive red bands, it also serves as a daymark. It is the oldest lighthouse in Queensland, and the only one to be built by the New South Wales Government before the separation of Queensland, which took place in 1859. It is also the only lighthouse in Queensland to be built of stone.
The lighthouse was established following an increase in traffic through the northern entrance to Moreton Bay in the 1840s. It was designed by Edmund Blacket in 1854 and established in 1857. Over the years the light source went through several changes, from oil wick, to kerosene, to acetylene gas, to electricity, and finally to solar power. The structures also went through various modifications, the major one being an increase in the lighthouse height and rebuilding of several structures, in 1928–1930.
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  • We visited as part of a self-guided 4x4 trip around the island. The weather was showery and we visited the lighthouse as we were passing. The visitors centre was interesting enough for a 30 min or so ...  more »
  • We visited the lighthouse and the views were fantastic. The lighthouse was lovely and we enjoyed the information centre.  more »
  • On the day I visited I saw whales, dolphins and a manta ray. The historical context of the place is recognized in the historical centre. A great view!
  • A great spot to see the marine life and the views from the lighthouse are spectacular

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