Cape St George Lighthouse is perched on the edge of one of the most magnificent cliffs, with views that will steal your breath away. It really makes it hard to believe that it could be cursed. The history of the lighthouse that sits in the Booderee National Park is filled with controversy and tragedy.
View of the tip of the ruins of the Lighthouse from the walking path
The lighthouse was completed in 1860, controversially without consultation of the Pilots Board (the controlling authority); with the main problem being that light could not be visible from the Northern approach to Jervis Bay.
Putting the controversies aside, the tragedies that followed will leave you in awe and belief that this lighthouse, with a view that is so overwhelming, could be cursed.
The people who lived at Cape St George Lighthouse suffered tragic events; the children of the keepers suffered terminal illnesses; one father was washed from the rocks and taken by sharks as his son watched in horror; a nine year old son of one of the keepers fell to his death when part of a cliff collapsed, and one of the keepers was kicked in the head by a horse and died on the way to hospital.
The most disturbing tragic event occurred when one of the principal light keeper's daughter tripped over whilst carrying a loaded firearm and the gun discharged accidentally striking her friend (the assistant light keeper's daughter) in the back of her skull, killing her instantly. Her gravesite can be found in the Green Patch camping area at the National Park.
If that is not enough tragedy, there were around twenty three shipwrecks in the vicinity of Jervis Bay which lead to the lighthouse being replaced in 1889 by a new lighthouse at Point Perpendicular, which was a much more suitable location for a lighthouse on this part of the coast.
The lighthouse is a must see when you are at the Booderee National Park. The ruins of the lighthouse looks over to the spectacular Tasman Sea with cliffs views and if you are lucky enough, you will be able to watch the whales on their migration journey (between May-November).
The ruin is heritage-listed and is the most significant European historic site in Booderee National Park, so it is certainly not to be missed when visiting and see for yourself if this lighthouse is really cursed!