Cape Hotham Light

Cape Hotham Light is an active lighthouse in the Northern Territory of Australia located on Cape Hotham on the coastline of the Van Diemen Gulf about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northeast of the territory capital of Darwin, The lighthouse marks the entrance to Clarence Strait, the eastern approach to Darwin.[2]

Cape Hotham Light
Cape Hotham, 1928.jpg
Cape Hotham, 1928
Cape Hotham Light is located in Northern Territory
Cape Hotham Light
Northern Territory
LocationClarence Strait
Northern Territory
Coordinates12°2′47″S 131°17′22.22″E / 12.04639°S 131.2895056°E / -12.04639; 131.2895056Coordinates: 12°2′47″S 131°17′22.22″E / 12.04639°S 131.2895056°E / -12.04639; 131.2895056
Year first constructed1910s[1]
Year first lit9 November 1928
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height54 feet (16 m)
Focal height56 feet (17 m)
Current lensChance 400 mm fixed catadioptric
Rangewhite: 12 nmi (22 km; 14 mi)
red: 9 nmi (17 km; 10 mi)
CharacteristicFl (3) WR 15s.
Admiralty numberK3315
NGA number111-9544
ARLHS numberAUS-245
Managing agentAustralian Maritime Safety Authority
Plans for the optical apparatus installed in Cape Hotham Light, 1926

The lighthouse was constructed by the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service during the "Golden Age of Australian Lighthouses", between 1913 and 1920.[1]

The light characteristic shown is three flashes, one every two seconds, repeating every 15 seconds (Fl.(3)W.R. 15s). The color is red on 025°-070° and white elsewhere. The red light is visible for 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi) while the white light is visible for 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi).[3]

The site is accessible by boat from Darwin,[4] but the tower is closed to the public. The light is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.[2]

Cape HothamEdit

Cape Hotham was named by John Clements Wickham on 26 July 1839, honoring Admiral William Hotham, 1st Baron Hotham.[5] It is listed in the Register of the National Estate as the "Cape Hotham Forest Reserve", listing "representative ecosystems of the Top End, including monsoon rainforest containing kentia palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi)".[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b According to Komesaroff 1977. Rowlett and Searle lists 1928.
  2. ^ a b Rowlett.
  3. ^ List of Lights
  4. ^ Sydney Heritage Fleet.
  5. ^ Discovery, under "Draytons Ree".
  6. ^ RNE11.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Cape Hotham Light at Wikimedia Commons