Point Hicks Lighthouse

Point Hicks Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on the Point Hicks headland, in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia.

Point Hicks Lighthouse
Cape Everard
Point Hicks Lighthouse
LocationEast Gippsland
Coordinates37°48′06.8″S 149°16′31.9″E / 37.801889°S 149.275528°E / -37.801889; 149.275528[1]
Constructionconcrete tower
Height37 metres (121 ft)
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingswhite tower and lantern
Power sourcesolar power Edit this on Wikidata
OperatorVictorian Channels Authority
HeritageVictorian Heritage Register
Focal height56 metres (184 ft)
CharacteristicGp Fl (2) 10s.



Located within the Croajingolong National Park and on the edge of the Point Hicks Marine National Park, approximately 500 kilometres (310 mi) east of Melbourne, the lighthouse serves as a warning beacon for vessels in the southern reaches of the Tasman Sea, and the northeastern reaches of the Bass Strait.



The lighthouse was built on the point during 1887 and 1888 and commenced operation in 1890,[2] built from concrete and with timber keepers quarters. It was connected to mains electricity in 1965, and then to solar power recently.[3] The keepers' cottages are today let as holiday houses.[4] At 37 metres (121 ft), it is the tallest lighthouse on Australia's mainland.[5] Its light characteristic is a double white flash every ten seconds, emitted from a focal plane height of 56 metres (184 ft) above sea level.

On 4 February 1971, the lighthouse and the headkeepers' and assistant keepers' quarters were listed as a place of regional significance on the precursor to the Victorian Heritage Register.[6]

See also



  1. ^ "Point Hicks Lighthouse: 23666". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  2. ^ Schlossman, Jessie (26 July 2010). "Australia's iconic lighthouses". Australian Geographic. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ "The Point Hicks Lighthouse". Lighthouses of Victoria. Lighthouses of Australia Inc.
  4. ^ "Cottages: accommodation". Point Hicks Lighthouse. 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Victoria". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Light House Group". Heritage Register. Government of Victoria. 23 November 1978. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

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