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CAPE BORDA, Kangaroo Island: 4 reviews and 7 photos

  Cape Borda Lighthouse
by Diceman_

On the opposite side of the island for those based at Penneshaw, Cape Borda Lighthouse, built in 1858 is a short square-shaped lighthouse which, unlike Cape Willoughby lighthouse still uses its light with a prism assembly. Access is via a long and very bumpy dirt road, speed needs to kept high to smooth them out.
There is a small gift shop and a makeshift museum which illustrates the lighthouse's chequered history eg. the first lighthouse keeper tripped on a stump which stabbed him in the eye, and due to the lack of medical assistance this injury killed him a few weeks later.
If it feels remote today it must have been even more so when there was no road to Kingscote and supplies had to be hauled at a steep angle at Harvey's return.
In the same area is a rocky path leading to a lookout at the edge of the cliffs.
Just down the road is the Scott Cove where the view of the cliffs is even better although there is no official lookout (all the better).

Directions: Follow Playford Highway all the way to the end.
Phone: +61 8 8553 4465
Website: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/Kangaroo_Island/Cape_Borda_Lightstation

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 8, 2005
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