Cape St George Lighthouse

History

  • Built in 1860 and operated until 1889.
  • Designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson and constructed of local sandstone.
  • Stood 61 feet tall (18.5 meters) with 8 rooms at ground level.
  • Helped guide ships safely past hazardous reefs and into Jervis Bay.
  • Unfortunately, due to its location, it was easily mistaken for other landmarks in daylight, leading to confusion and some shipwrecks.
  • The tower was partially dismantled between 1917 and 1922 to avoid further misidentification.
Present Day
  • The remaining ruins, including the base and some walls, stand as a testament to the lighthouse's past.
  • The site is located within Booderee National Park and easily accessible via a short walk from the car park.
  • Interpretive signage tells the story of the lighthouse and its role in Jervis Bay's maritime history.
  • The ruins offer stunning views of the coastline and surrounding bush, making it a popular spot for picnics and scenic walks.
  • It's also a great vantage point for whale watching during migration season (May to November).
Additional Information
  • Entry fees apply for Booderee National Park.
  • The walk to the lighthouse is relatively easy and suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.

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