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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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  • Well worth a visit. A delightful outlook from the point. We saw a group of seals diving and surfacing just off the point. The tour of the lighthouse was really interesting - but I think they only offe...  more »
  • Well worth the 27 kilometers of bumpy and dusty road. One of the best retained lighthouses in my experience and a photographers paradise! Not for a small and low sedan as the road does get quite rough...  more »
  • Green Cape Lighthouse is accessed by a 20km dirt track - in good weather it is easily doable in both a 2WD and 4WD. It is then a couple of hundred metres along a boardwalk to the actual lighthouse, wi...  more »