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The Archer Point Lighthouse

The Archer Point lighthouse near Cooktown, though a modern solution, still has an air of character to it [Photograph: Ray Hudson]
The Archer Point lighthouse near Cooktown,
though a modern solution, still has an air of character to it

Photograph: Ray Hudson


Operation

LOCATION:
Lat. 15º 36' S, Long. 145º 20' E
OPERATOR:
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
EXHIBITED:
1st Tower 1883; 2nd (Current) Tower 1979
CONSTRUCTION:
Concrete Blocks
CHARACTER:
Flashing (4) every 20 sec. White/Red/Green
LIGHT SOURCE:
120V, 1000W, 3000 hr, Tungsten Halogen
POWER SOURCE:
240 Volts Mains; Diesel Standby
INTENSITY:
35,000 cd
ELEVATION:
65 Metres
RANGE:
17 N Miles
HEIGHT:
6 Metres
AUTOMATED:
1979
DEMANNED:
-
DEACTIVATED:
No
CUSTODIAN:
-
HERITAGE:
Register of the National Estate

The Archer Point Lighthouse just before sundown [Photograph: Ray Hudson]
The Archer Point Lighthouse just before sundown
Photograph: Ray Hudson

History

The original Archer Point Lighthouse was very similar to the structures on Geese Island, Flat Top, Bay Rock and Grassy Hill - a timber framed tower sheafed in rolled galvanised iron sheeting.

The lighthouse is prominently situated on a grassy hill.

Archer Point lighthouse, with the now disused Rocky Islet lighthouse once formed the lead between the Hope Islands and the mainland to the south, and to the north between the mainland and the coral reefs to the eastward.

At night, the white sector of the light indicates the clear passage and the red and green sectors indicates the ship is outside the channel.

With the building of the new light in 1979 it was converted to electricity.

 

Keepers

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Access

NEAREST TOWN:
Cooktown
DISTANCE:
<<>> (Cooktown)
:
<<>> (Brisbane)
ACCESS:
Access is by gravel road - 12 km off main Cooktown road.
TOURS:
No
ACCOMMODATION:
No

The base of the old timber and galvanised iron sheeting lighthouse [Photograph: Ray Hudson]
The base of the old timber and galvanised iron sheeting lighthouse
Photograph: Ray Hudson


Special Thanks to:

  • Ray Hudson for Photographs

Sources:

  • Australian Heritage Commission
  • Kevin Mulcahy
  • Peter Bird
  • Queensland Harbour & Marine

Page last updated:
Page created:
28/10/03
27/10/03

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