Green Cape Lighthouse, Eden

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The Green Cape Lighthouse is a lighthouse located at the tip of Green Cape, a headland forming the northern boundary of Disaster Bay, in southern New South Wales, Australia. It is the southernmost lighthouse in New South Wales and Australia's first lighthouse built in concrete. At it is also the second tallest lighthouse in New South Wales. It marks Green Cape on the northerly shore hugging sailing course.HistoryThe need for lighthouse was approved in 1873, following a series of wrecks on the southern shore. After rounding Cape Howe, northerly ships would hug the shore to avoid the East Australian Current. Green Cape was the first major projection they would encounter. Original tenders were for a stone lighthouse and rubble quarters. However, with the soft local sedimentary, no one tendered. In 1870 the specifications were changed to concrete and a budget of £17,000 AUD was set.The tower was designed by James Barnet in 1880 and the contract was awarded to Albert Aspinall who quoted £12,936 in December 1880. The tender was for the concrete tower, two houses of double brick with cement render, and associated structures.Aspinall first had to find a way to move the materials from Eden to the site. The nearest safe anchorage was in Bittangabee Bay, north along the coast from Green Cape, where he built his storeroom and jetty. He then spent five months building a wooden tramway from Bittangabee Bay to the cape. Materials were transported to the site on wooden trolleys pulled by horses. This first phase was complete in June 1881, and Aspinall commenced the construction.
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  • Used the new 4 bed little bunkhouse ‘telegraph station’ for an overnight before starting the Light to Light walk. It’s affordable and well appointed with cooking facilities and bathroom. Loads of whal...  more »
  • Seeing the white and blue of the lighthouse and surrounding buildings set against the open sky and churning ocean, Scrambling over the rocks after finding the hidden pathway to the water, AMAZING  more »
  • we stayed in the light house keepers house and what an amazing 2 nights we had unit 3 which is more private that 1 and 2 as they share kitchen we were two couples and the whales were amazing Too many ...  more »
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  • Some say the journey is not worth it. I kind of loved the unique driving experience. cool place to check out migrating whales. The unsealed roads were fine for my hatchback but I would return with an SUV next time. stop by disaster bay look out. leave before it gets dark.
  • great place to see whales. And from September on females with calves. Lovely. On the day we were there we saw many whales and one female feeding her young calf only about 150 metres off shore.
  • One of the best looking lighthouses on the southern east coast :)
  • Very nice arriving via light-to-light walk. Beautiful unspoilt scenery and nice isolated atmosphere staying at the historic lightstation keepers house. Note that if travelling to or from Green Cape by car that the road is very rough and dusty in dry weather.
  • Off to the less travelled route, even Google Map doesn't work on iOS devices. It was worth the ride, very amazing view from the cliffs. Vintage & new lighthouses next to each other. Also a good place to see whales migrating if in the right season

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