Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, Willoughby

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
Discover South Australia's maritime heritage at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Take a guided tour to learn about the role of the region's first lighthouse in guiding ships through the Backstairs Passage between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. Listen to stories about the living and working conditions of the lighthouse's keepers, and take in commanding views of the rugged and isolated coast here. You might even spot large schools of salmon and pods of humpback, southern right, and killer whales. If you drive to Cape Willoughby, exercise caution on the rough access road. Add Cape Willoughby Lighthouse to your Kangaroo Island travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kangaroo Island travel itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Kangaroo Island

Although most of Kangaroo Island remains relatively underdeveloped in a commercial sense, you'll find lodgings that include everything from spacious suites to economical hostels in communities like Penneshaw and Kingscote. The most expensive accommodations on the island, private cottages and beach houses near the water generally require a two-night minimum stay. For something more flexible and less expensive, consider one of the local campgrounds, many of which offer powered and unpowered sites, as well as cozy log cabins ideal for couples andĀ families with kids.
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  • The lighthouse visitor Centre is only open Thursday to Sunday but it didn't stop our party going there and looking around.  more »
  • An informative guided tour and a bit of exercise climbing the lighthouse stairs. Amazing views and a moment to reflect on the mariners who lost their lives in the dangerous waters below.  more »
  • Its always interesting and educational to take the guided tours on offer on KI. Our guide was patient, knowledgeable and the adults and under four foot highs enjoyed this unique historic Lighthouse an...  more »
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  • The lighthouse has a fairly nice walk. It costs to go up the lighthouse, but we went on the coastal walk instead, which is a few dollars per person. However, to get to the lighthouse, you have to go through a lot of unsealed road - we managed it in a rental car without damage, but we went slowly. If you do go, be aware of this.
  • A great lighthouse with fantastic views, and wonderful history.