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The Point Cartwright Lighthouse

The Point Cartwright Lighthouse is the third light to guide ships into Moreton Bay since 1897. The technology of the light is far removed from the original oil lamp and reflector of last century.

 

The Lantern Room of the Point Cartwright Lighthouse
The Lantern Room of the Point Cartwright Lighthouse
Photograph: Grant Maizels


Operation

LOCATION: Latitude 26° 40.9'S; Longitude 153° 08.2'E (map)
OPERATOR: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
EXHIBITED: 1978
CONSTRUCTION: Concrete
CHARACTER: Group Flashing (3) every 15 0 seconds
LIGHT SOURCE: 200 Watt Sealed Beam Lamp Array
POWER SOURCE: Mains Electricity, Diesel Standby
INTENSITY: White 310,000 cd; Red 2,100 cd
ELEVATION: 53 Metres
RANGE: White 23 nautical mile; Red 11 nautical mile
HEIGHT: 32.4 Metres
AUTOMATED: 1978
DEMANNED: Never manned
DEACTIVATED: No
CUSTODIAN: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

History

The first lighthouse was established at Caloundra in 1896 and was the typical Queensland tower; a timber frame with metal cladding.

In 1967, a new signal tower and lighthouse was erected for the Caloundra Harbour was erected next to the old lighthouse on Canberra Terrace.

Because the second lighthouse was becoming obscured by high-rise development it was decided to build a new light on the coast to guide ships approaching the NW channel to Moreton Bay from the North. The existing light would be turned over to the Queensland Department of Harbours and Marine to serve as a harbour light.

The third lighthouse was erected in 1978 on the mouth of the Mooloolaba River at Point Cartwright 14 kilometres north of the old lights at Caloundra. It was constructed of reinforced concrete surmounted by a precast concrete lantern room.

The light departed from the traditional light source and lens. It is powered by an array of sealed beam lamps. A red sector provides guidance to the North West for vessels entering Mooloolaba Harbour.

The light is unmanned and only requires servicing once every four months.

Access

NEAREST TOWN: Mooloolaba
DISTANCE: <<>> (Mooloolaba)
: <<>> (Brisbane)
ACCESS: Public Reserve at the mouth of the Mooloolaba River
TOURS: No
ACCOMMODATION: No

The Point Cartwright Lighthouse
The Point Cartwright Lighthouse
Photograph: Grant Maizels


The Cross-Section of Lantern Room
The cross-section of the lantern room
Plan: AMSA
Diagram Left:

(1) The lantern room optics comprises a revolving hexagonal column of sealed beam lamps arranged in two banks - a main bank and an emergency bank.

(2) A red sector, using a filter and a red Plexiglas screen provides a low intensity red light to the North West for vessels entering Mooloolaba Harbour.

(3) The switchboard controlling the supply of power from mains, diesel standby and battery banks.


The Surrounding Area


Features

Around Australia Chasing Lighthouses Bulletin Nov 00
Caloundra Trip With Denise Shultz Bulletin Apr 01
Lighthouses From the Air: Part 7 Bulletin Mar 02
Annette Flotwell's East Coast Lighthouse Trip: Part 2 Bulletin Aug 03

The Point Cartwright Lighthouse
The Point Cartwright Lighthouse
Photograph: Grant Maizels


News

Old Caloundra Lighthouse Open Day Bulletin Apr 01

Other Point Cartwright Sites

The Point Cartwright Lighthouse Grant Maizels


Point Cartwright lighthouse from the air
Photograph: Winsome Bonham


Special Thanks to:

  • AMSA for Diagram
  • Grant Maizels for Photographs
  • Winsome Bonham for Photograph

Sources:

  • AMSA
  • Brian Lord
  • Laurie Sharp
  • The Advertiser

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7/08/03
11/07/98

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