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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


Aerial image of bay before Cape Bruny Lighthouse overlooking lighthouse and ocean
Cape Bruny Lighthouse (photograph: Chris Crerar)

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​​Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, v​​isitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Travellers to Tasmania are encouraged to register online for a G2G PASS at least three days before their planned travel. Those who receive their G2G PASS QR code before arriving will be able to quickly pass through their port of arrival in Tasmania.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days when coming into Tasmania. If you are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation​, fees will apply. 

​Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may  be in place. ​

Last reviewed 17/8/2020 08:52 AM


Closed area: Coal Point and Jetty Beach closed for tree work 13-14 October
Applies from 23/9/2020

​​​Coal Point car park and access track will be closed on 13 October for tree works and dangerous limb removal.  

Jetty Beach will be closed on 14 October for tree works. 

For safety reasons these areas will be inaccessible to the public on these days. 

Last reviewed 24/9/2020 09:43 AM


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The historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse, built in 1836, is the only southern Tasmanian lighthouse open for tours. At 114 metres tall, it towers over the spectacular dolerite cliffs of Cape Bruny and offers panoramic views of the rugged South Bruny coastline. 

The lighthouse was commissioned by Governor George Arthur, following a series of shipwrecks off the southern Tasmanian coast. When first lit in 1838, it was the third lighthouse in the state, and only the fourth in Australia. A lighthouse reserve of almost 200 acres provided timber, vegetable gardens and grazing land, all indispensable parts of its operation. 

The nightly task of maintaining the light was challenging. Each lighthouse had a unique light characteristic which was ensured by a clockwork planetary table and needed rewinding every eight hours. The fifteen lamps of the original 1838 Wilkins lantern each burned 600mls of expensive sperm whale oil per hour and needed frequent refilling. The lamps were extremely fragile, being replaced every three nights in 1839.

The lighthouse was refurbished in 1901-3 with a powerful new Chance Brothers lantern replacing the original Wilkins lantern, then in 1959 the light was electrified. Cape Bruny light was lit for the final time in 1996, when it was replaced by a solar powered light nearby, and in December 2000 it was added to the South Bruny National Park. 

Visitors to Cape Bruny are invited to climb a steep path to the base of the lighthouse. I​​​n order to climb the beautiful spiral staircase and enjoy the views from the top, you’ll need to join one of the regular guided tours. 

The tours provide an excellent opportunity to hear the full history of the lighthouse: from shipwreck tragedies on nearby islands, to convict hardship during construction, and the lives and duties of the lighthouse keepers. 

After a tour, you can continue to explore the grounds. A track to the nearby beach passes a grave site thought to be the resting place of two children from 1875 and 1898, before reaching a dry stone w​all that marks the boundaries of an old vegetable patch. 

Also worth a look is the Cape Bruny Lightstation Museum, located by the car park. This small building is packed with an assortment of fascinating maritime artefacts.​

Contact

Huonville Field Centre
22 Main Street
Office usually staffed 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday
Huonville TAS 7109
Phone: 03 6121 7026
Email: huonville@parks.tas.gov.au