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The Double Island Point Lighthouse

The Double Island Point Lighthouse is constructed of metal cladding on a timber frame as is typical of many Queensland lighthouses. These lighthouses were cheap to build and overcame many of the problems of building the conventional masonry tower.


Double Island Lighthouse from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 25 56' S; Longitude 153 11' 8" E (map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
EXHIBITED: 1884
CONSTRUCTION: Rolled Galvanised Iron on Timber Frame
CHARACTER: Flashing Every 7.5 Seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 120v 1000w Tungsten Halogen Lamp
POWER SOURCE: Solar Power
INTENSITY: 1,000,000 cd
ELEVATION: 96 Metres
RANGE: 26 Nautical Miles
HEIGHT: 12 Metres
AUTOMATED: -
DEMANNED: 1992
DEACTIVATED: No
CUSTODIAN: Queensland Parks & Wildlife

History

The Double Island Point Lighthouse has been operating since its completion in 1884. 

It is constructed of metal cladding on a timber frame as is typical of many Queensland lighthouses. 

Because of the Great Barrier Reef it was necessary to construct lights at regular intervals to guide vessels through these treacherous waters.  Therefore it was considered that for the cost of the conventional masonry tower many of these cheaper lights could be constructed. 

The design had two other benefits.  It made it easier to build on some of the sandier islands where it was hard to establish foundations for the heavier masonry towers.  And, solved the problem of finding suitable stone.

Originally the light was to be constructed only halfway up the point but upon closer inspection it was realised that the light would not be visible toward the North. It was decided that a more powerful light at the top of the point would be more effective.

The light was first fitted with an oil burner and revolving panels. In 1923, it was converted to an incandescent mantle using vapourised kerosene, thus increasing it's power to 100,000 Candelas. 

In 1925, the light was further upgraded by fitting an revolving lens that floated in a mercury bath. The next conversion was to 110v DC electricity giving a powerful 750,000 candelas. During this period the 3 original cottages were replaced by 2 new ones further down the hill. 

In 1980, bulk fuel tanks were installed and the light was converted to 2450v AC power, and in 1992, the light was converted to solar power and demanned.

 

Keepers

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Access

NEAREST TOWN: Rainbow Beach
DISTANCE: <<>> (Rainbow Beach)
: 255km (Brisbane)
ACCESS: 4WD only via beach.
TOURS: Access only available by tours with Surf & Sand Safaris, phone 07 5486 3131
ACCOMMODATION: none

The Plan for the Double Island Point Lighthouse [Plan: AMSA]
The Plan for the Double Island Point Lighthouse
Plan: AMSA

The Double Island Point Lighthouse [Photograph: Ken Gott]
The Double Island Point Lighthouse
Photograph: Ken Gott


Double Island Lighthouse
Photograph: Denise Shultz
The Double Island Point Lighthouse [Photograph: Ken Gott]
The Double Island Point Lighthouse
Photograph: Ken Gott

The Approach to the Double Island Point Lighthouse [Photograph: Ken Gott]
The approach to the Double Island Point Lighthouse
Photograph:  Ken Gott


The Surrounding Area

The Cape Moreton Lighthouse to the South
The Sandy Cape Lighthouse to the North 

Letters

Madeline Leck reminisces about life on Double Island Point Lighthouse Bulletin Jun 02

Special Thanks to:

  • Cyril Curtain
  • Ken Gott for Photographs
  • Denise Shultz for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph

Sources:

  • Brian Lord
  • Department of Transport (now AMSA)
  • Prism, Newsletter of the Australian Lighthouse Association
  • Courier Mail
  • Peter Ludlow

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22/05/98

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