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Cape Jaffa Lighthouse

Cape Jaffa Lighthouse

Now decommissioned, the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse is located in Kingston SE. Work began on the lighthouse in 1869 and was completed in 1872.

The lighthouse was originally constructed on Margaret Brock Reef, 8 kilometres out to sea but has been located in Kingston SE since 1976. It was used for almost 101 years before it’s deactivation in 1973, due to the construction of a new lighthouse at Robe.

Cape Jaffa Lighthouse Museum, Keepers & History Kingston SE, SA

Now owned by the National Trust of South Australia, the lighthouse has served as a museum since its move to Kingston SE, and is open to visitors between 10am and 4pm during school holidays or by appointment, however times are subject to change due to the availability of guides, who work on a volunteer basis.

If you’re searching for a great family day out in the coastal Mount Gambier area, the lighthouse may be the fun and educational attraction you’ve been looking for. The lighthouse is self-funded and is currently undergoing renovation. During your visit to the museum, you’ll be able to view the living areas that the original lighthouse keepers lived in with many of the old furniture and fittings still in place. The museum demonstrates how life was often hard for lighthouse workers and their families, telling stories of their time on duty.

After climbing 122 stairs to the top of the building, you will be able to see the light at the platform at the top and enjoy the great views of the local area. You’ll even receive a sticker as a token of your trip! Visitors to Kingston will find the Cape Jaffa lighthouse easy to get to as it is accessible via the Main Beach Roach. Tours of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes are conducted regularly during opening periods, showing visitors both the museum and of course, the lighthouse.

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