Point Lowly Lighthouse, Whyalla

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The Point Lowly lighthouse was constructed in 1883 to guide ships safely through Spencer Gulf en route to Port Augusta and Port Pirie in South Australia. It was upgraded several times before being deactivated in 1993. It was reactivated in 1995 and is a tourist attraction for the Whyalla area and an icon of the Point Lowly area.HistoryThe lighthouse at Point Lowly was constructed in 1883 to guide ships traversing Spencer Gulf, en route to the northern ports of Port Augusta and Port Pirie. The lighthouse and its cottages pre-date the establishment of Whyalla and are the oldest European heritage structures in the Whyalla area.The original tower was 15 metres in height and was made from local sandstone. The optical apparatus had an eight side catadioptric lens which revolved once every 80 seconds and gave a 2-second flash every 10 seconds. Supplies were brought to the lighthouse by boat from Port Pirie on the eastern shore of Spencer Gulf.The structure was raised by 7.6 metres to its current height in 1909. The original mineral-oil fueled wick burner light was replaced by a kerosene vaporising light unit during the upgrade.In 1973 the light was demanned. This followed the installation of a battery-powered Stone Chance Power Beam Beacon on the balcony.In 1979, the lens and lamp were upgraded and the light was connected to mains electricity.
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  • What a beautiful tranquil area this is. We had not planned to go there but decided at last minute to make it our lunch stop, sitting in the park area having a picnic lunch it was so restful we didn’t ...  more »
  • Right next to the refinery the short walk to the lighthouse delivers unspoiled views out to sea and around the coast. Stunning and well worth the 20min drive from Whyalla. Watch out for roos along the...  more »
  • Fantastic place for a large number of people to stay 28 beds. Full kitchen. all the amenities you need. all the cooking equipment required. Tupperware provided. washing machine huge fridge plus a chest freezer in a huge spacious Cottage right beside the beach definitely recommend any family going out there large or small brilliant place
  • Awesome place to visit absolutely gorgeous!! It was a beautiful day and we were travelling to Black Point

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