1852 Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

The first Lighthouse to be built in South Australia, and therefore the oldest, Cape Willoughby is located at the most eastern end of Kangaroo Island.

Like all lighthouses it operated to prevent shipwrecks from occurring however, there was still a number of ships which sank off the coastline, remnants of which can still be found in the area.

Cape Willoughby Lighthouse is very rich in maritime history so visitors are encouraged to join a guided tour where they will get to enjoy spectacular panoramic views across Backstairs Passage from the top of the lighthouse. You will gain an insight into the harsh and remote living conditions experienced by the early light keepers, walk the Cape Willoughby Light station Heritage Hike, visit the centres museum or even have the opportunity to stay in one of the old Light Keepers cottages.


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