Lighting the coast - Ongoing Display
The towers at Bruny, Swan, Goose and Deal Islands were built in harsh conditions using convict labour. The rough exteriors of these lights add character and charm.
Australia’s oldest remaining tower, which is still operational, at the mouth of the River Derwent, the Derwent Light on Iron Pot is sadly deteriorating.
The highest and tallest lights in Australia can both be found in Tasmania. The Cape Wickham lighthouse on King Island is the tallest tower at 48 metres, while the lighthouse on Tasman Island is the highest operating light in Australia, 276 metres above sea level. Although no longer operational, the highest lighthouse is at Deal Island in Bass Strait at 305 metres above sea level.
Huckson & Hutchison designed later lighthouse towers and came up with a contender for the most graceful tower in Australia with the Cape Sorell lighthouse. Eddystone Point is another favourite.