Are you one of those, like me, who love lighthouses? The function of a lighthouse is simple right? Yet each lighthouse is different and the architecture and history behind each lighthouse is unique.
Almost every city in Australia around the coast has a lighthouse. So, last weekend I went on a road trip exploring the lighthouses in the South Coast region of New South Wales (NSW).
Wollongong was my first city. It is an easy getaway from Sydney, about 90 kilometres drive from Sydney. The coastal city is home for two lighthouses. The first was was built in the year 1871 and is in the Belmore Basin.
The second lighthouse is the Flagstaff Point Lighthouse. This was first lit on 23 July 1937. The lens used dates back from 1862 and the tower stands 25 metres high.
About 99 kilometres drive from Wollongong is the Culburra Beach. This was my second stop. Culburra Beach hosts Crookhaven lighthouse. The lighthouse is about 500 metres of walk (steps mostly) from the car park. The lighthouse was built in the year 1882 and is constructed of timber. There are two view points near the lighthouse and they provide spectacular views of the oceans.
My third stop was Ulladulla. It is about 80 kilometres from Culburra beach. The Ulladulla lighthouse, also known as Warden Head lighthouse, was installed at the current location in 1889. The structure is about 40 feet high.
Even though my next lighthouse is a museum, it is one of the beautiful lighthouses. It is in Narooma along with the visitor centre. The key piece of this lighthouse is the original light from Montague Island Lightstation.
I was really surprised when I heard of my next lighthouse – Cape St George Lighthouse in the Jervis Bay National Park. I was surprised because Australia does not have too many ruins. And this lighthouse is the ruins of a lighthouse. The lighthouse was constructed in 1860 and was functioning till 1889. The cost to enter the national park is AUD 13 per vehicle.
My last lighthouse during this trip was the Kiama Lighthouse. The lighthouse was founded in 1887 and is an amazing spot to spend an evening watching the sunset. It is an active lighthouse and is situated close to the Kiama blowhole.
I know I did miss out some of the others and if you know many more of them, please leave a comment, so I can go explore them 🙂 .