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Green Cape


Green Cape Lighthouse stands as the most southerly of the NSW lights, 25 km south of Eden in Boyd NationalPark

Approved in 1873 and funded in 1879, the contract was awarded to A W Aspindall at 12,936 pounds and work was commenced in June 1881. Problems were encountered immediately when the site was found to be a bed of white clay over 6 metres deep. Work stopped in June 1883 when Aspindall went bankrupt, and creditors finished the job,  with the light first shown on 1 Nov 1883. The story goes, that Aspindall put some dynamite in his mouth and lit it.

The tower has a bluestone gallery and a small room originally  designed as an oil store is attached to the western side. At the time, the tower was the largest mass concrete structure in NSW, built to an octagonal design on a square base to make the formwork easier to construct. The 2nd of James Barnet's major 3 towers of mass concrete and also the tallest, when finished the foundations were almost 9 metres deep

The Chance Bros 1st order dioptric revolving light flashed every minute and was visible for 19nm. The mechanism using 345kg lead weights down the centre of the tower. Originally kerosene produced 100,00 candelas, this was increased several times over the years. When converted to electricity in 1962 output increased to 1 million Candelas.

Replaced by a solar powered lens on a lattice tower in 1998, the original lens and mechanism are still in place.

Accommodation Low Season 1st May to 31st August
Sun-Thu $240 per cottage per night
Fri Sat & Pub Hol $340 per cottage per night
High Season 1 Sept to 30 April
Sun-Thu $280 per cottage per night
Fri Sat & Pub Hol $370 per cottage per night
5% discount for 4-6 night stay 10% discount for more than 6 nights
Linen & bedding available - $100
The duplex cottages each contain a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom, master bedroom with queen bed, 2nd bedroom with 2 single beds, family room and lounge with sofa bed. They accommodate up to 6 people. To check current rates/book accommodation or confirm tours contact: 02 6495 5555 or

Guided Tours
Thursday to Monday 3pm
Adults $10.00
Child under 14/pensioner $5.00
Family $25.00
(Tours information correct as at June 2013)

The First Order Lantern Close up of the lens Looking down the staircase
The old and new lights The keepers cottages from the top of the tower Close up olf the lens

A poster print of the original plans is available from

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town Eden  Height - Elevation 29.0m (95ft) - 36.0m (118ft) 
Lat/Long: 3716 15003  Lantern  
Construction Octagonal white concrete tower  Lens 1st Order 
Built 1883  Character Fl.(2)W.period 15s 
First Lit   Range NM 17W  
Automated 1983     
De-activated 1997  Open Yes 
Architect James Barnet  Access Road 
Reference 6588 K 2570  Accommodation Yes 
Sources: Greencape Lighthouse - P Whitelock 1992 
Personal Visit - 2003 
Other Links: National Parks Site 

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