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Published June 19th 2013
It's fun, interesting and the views are spectacular
The Western Australian Coastline is beautiful but it can also be treacherous, so Lighthouses were built to assist ships to navigate and to protect them from any dangerous coastlines and reefs.
Lighthouses are also fun and interesting places to visit. Historical old buildings, some you can view inside, take guided tours of or walk the viewing platform and take in the view. If you are travelling anywhere in Western Australia there are quite a few lighthouses up and down the coastline, so why not take a look?
Bathurst Lighthouse - Wikimedia Commons
North Mole Lighthouse. The North Mole Lighthouse is located at the entrance to the Fremantle Harbour in Fremantle. It was built in 1906, it is painted red and has a fixed red light. This is a popular fishing spot and a great spot to watch ocean yacht racing, visitors are welcome to wander around the base of the building.
South Mole Lighthouse. Also in Fremantle, the South Mole Lighthouse has been in operation since 1903. This lighthouse is painted green and has a fixed green light.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Completed in 1896, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta is the tallest lighthouse in Western Australia. It towers 39 metres high, and the base is 16 metres above sea level, its light can be seen for 45 kilometres. Visitors are welcome and can take a guided tour of the building.
Cape Naturalist Lighthouse. Located in Dunsborough, the Cape Naturalist Lighthouse was built in 1903 after many ships were destroyed on the dangerous reefs in the area during the 1800's. Visitors can take a guided tour and take a good look inside. There is a great viewing platform at the top so you get a brilliant view and its great for whale-watching.
Bunbury Lighthouse. The old Bunbury Lighthouse has a unusual black and white checked pattern. It was originally built as a wooden structure but updated to steel in 1903.
Point Moore Lighthouse. The Point Moore Lighthouse in Geraldton began operating in 1878, the tower is 35 metres high and is only 5 kilometres from the town centre. Visitors can not look around inside but can walk around the base and outer areas.
Vlaming Head Lighthouse. The Vlaming Head Lighthouse in Exmouth is over a hundred years old and still uses a kerosene fuelled light. From the top, there are spectacular views right the way across the Ningaloo Reef.
Cape Leveque Lighthouse. Located 193 Kilometres north or Broome, the Cape Leveque Lighthouse has been in operation since 1911. It is full automated and operates on electrical and solar power.
Wadjemup Lighthouse. Rottnest Island's first lighthouse, Wadjemup Lighthouse, was built in 1851. It is one of Western Australia's oldest lighthouses and you can climb right to the top. From the top you have a spectacular view of the whole island and right across to the mainland.
Bathurst Lighthouse. Also on Rottnest Island, the Bathurst Lighthouse was build in the early 1900's and made from local stone. The lighthouse was build after several shipping disasters in the area.
Visited Leeuwin & Naturalist lighthouses in March 2015. A different perspective from "up there". Incredible feats of construction & engineering. Tons of lenses & cast steel base rotating on a few litres of mercury (Hg). Thanks to guides Andre & Jacqui.