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Point Perpendicular

Point Perpendicular Lighthouse sits on the 75m high cliffs on the northern side of Jervis Bay, just south of Nowra.

The original lighthouse for Jervis Bay was built at Cape St George on the southern side of the bay and commenced operation in 1860. The lighthouse had been incorrectly sited by the contractor who had chosen the site for convenience, with a quarry near-by.

Despite criticism by mariners and the Marine Board about the location of Cape St George, it took until 1883 before the present site for the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse was selected. Construction was completed in 1989 and on May 1st 1899 the triple flashing light was lit.

Cape St George lighthouse was destroyed in the early 1900's

The original light, visible for 24 miles to sea, was progressively modified over the years. The intensity of the light was increased in 1909 to 222,000 candelas and then again in 1923 to 316,000 candelas. In 1964 the light was electrified and the increased 1,200,000 candela light was visible for 26 nautical miles.

In 1993 the original lighthouse was decommissioned and the new solar powered lighthouse commenced operation. The lighthouse and keepers cottages are now owned by the RAN - Royal Australian Navy and the area is used as a Defence training and weapons range.


Point Perpendicular is certainly an apt name, viewed from Cape St George on the south head

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town Jervis Bay  Height - Elevation 18.9m (62ft) - 94.8m (311ft) 
Lat/Long: 3505.6 15048.2  Lantern  
Construction White hut on metal framework tower  Lens 1st Order 
Built 1898  Character Fl.W. period 10s 
First Lit   Range NM 19W  
Automated 1993     
De-activated   Open Grounds only 
Architect   Access Road 
Reference 6504 K 2588  Accommodation No 
See Also: Macquarie 
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