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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  • Just returned from a 2 night stay in Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. Awesome experience all round. Comfortable, clean authentic accommodation. Please NPWS DON'T change this. No TV. Mobile phone coverage o...  more »
  • Green Cape lighthouse is probably worth a visit. Not open to public when we went. A long gravel road - about 45 mins off the bitumen. Not good for asthmatics, but otherwise good. Some good walking tra...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A stunning view. The roads are dirt, please drive safe
  • Lovely place.. nice views... a bit of a hike on the unsealed road. Its 5kms from the disaster bay lookout on lighthouse road. There is no cafe or shop nearby so get yours if you are planning to spend sometime here. Dont go here when its rainy, road can get a bit slippery. There is a toilet here for untimely nature calls. However, i was scaredto life looking into the seat. Down below i could see lots of flies and spiders.

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