"The Northwest: Wynyard - The Tablecape Lighthouse" State of Tasmania Things to Do Tip by xuessium

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My group took a day-tour via Tiger Wilderness Tours from Launceston to the northwest corner of Tasmania.

Table Cape is a spectacular flat topped promontory with a sheer drop to the sea and was first settled and developed by the Van Dieman's Land Company in the 1820's.

After several shipping incidents in the area, it was examined by Mr J.C. Climie, a railway engineer, for its suitability for a lighthouse.

Construction began and the tower and cottages were completed and in service in 1888. The design was by Huckson and Hutchinson of Hobart and built by a local builder, Mr. John Luck. The bricks came from Victoria as ballast.

The light was originally powered by an oil burner and had to be manually tendered. The light was converted to vapourised kerosene in around 1913.
Converted to automatic acetylene operation in 1920, the lightkeepers were withdrawn in 1923.

In 1979 major works were undertaken. The lantern room was rebuilt and mains electricity was connected with an electric lamp and standby battery bank being installed.

Today, the lighthouse reserve is open to the public. There is a good viewing area about a kilometre to the east. There are no tours.

The carpark does attract plenty of seagulls though!

Directions: Table Cape off Wynyard.
Website: http://www.lighthouse.net.au/lights/TAS/Table%20Cape/Table%20Cape.htm

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  • Updated Aug 7, 2005
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