Cape Bruny Lighthouse Tours
On the south-western tip of Bruny Island lies the majestic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, an iconic piece of Australia's maritime history.
Your Bruny Island Traveller tour takes you to the Cape Bruny Lightstation. Your guide will prise open the heavy door and take you inside the Lighthouse for an exclusive tour. Travel back in time as you climb the swirling iron staircase. Step outside onto the balcony, gaze seaward and take in the unforgettable view of Bruny’s southern coast.
A Brief History
The Cape Bruny Lightstation is situated on the south-western edge of South Bruny Island. Its construction was commissioned after three shipwrecks in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. John Lee Archer designed the Lighthouse and it was built by convict labour over two years, using locally quarried rocks from around Bruny Island. When it was completed in 1838 it was the third Lighthouse built in Tasmania, after the Iron Pot and the initial Low Head Tower (which was subsequently rebuilt in 1888).
In March 1838 the Lighthouse was lit for the first time. The equipment used for illumination consisted of fifteen lamps which consumed almost one pint of sperm whale oil per hour. From 1892 the plant-derived colza oil came into use.
The Lighthouse was refurbished between 1901 and 1903. The original Wilkins lantern was replaced by a powerful cast iron and copper Chances Bros lantern.
Advances in technology eventually saw the Cape Bruny Lighthouse replaced by an automated solar powered light. The light at Cape Bruny was last lit on 6 August 1996.
Cape Bruny Lightstation Today
The Cape Bruny Lightstation is an important part of the South Bruny National Park. The site is managed by the Parks & Wildlife Service with the assistance of volunteers.
For more information, visit http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=2539