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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  • Excellent lighthouse. However, it's a long dirt road to the light house, at parts fairly rough, but it's worth it.  more »
  • Road is very ordinary but a worthwhile drive brindabee beach and Saltwater Creek a must there is Camping at both places but not suitable for caravans  more »
  • We stayed in the Lighthouse Keepers cottage for 4 nights. Very comfortable and relaxing, no TV, very little mobile or wifi, lost of wombats, kangas and a large goanna wandering about. We took in all o...  more »
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  • Incredible. So deserted, and so peaceful with expansive ocean views. I can only imagine what it must have been like for the early lighthouse keepers living out here! The drive was doable in a 2WD, my Toyota Yaris made it with no issues, but careful driving is a must, and weather may change the accessibility throughout the year. It's about 21 km each way on gravel, and it does get bumpy in parts, so ladies might want to make sure they are wearing a supportive bra! Definitely recommend the trip!
  • It's a long drive. This place had heaps of flies and was very hot and windy. I actually managed to watch whales from this location. It is such a beautiful place. I plan on visiting again. On the way there driving on the dirt road I encountered such courteous drivers and it really made me feel good that people that visit this location care for the environment and practice common sense and courtesy on the road. Parking at the location was plentiful, with bins and toilets. Also there was information boards available for a quick history lesson of the place. Phone reception is really poor. It's very isolated here so be prepared.
  • Great spot. I highly recommend the lighthouse tour, the caretaker is highly knowledgeable and able to impart a great deal of history and information, also the views from the top are spectacular.
  • Great tracks, gr8 location /views... Tho could only find 1 public toilet...
  • 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.

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