Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Walking Tour

The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse at the end of Point Lonsdale Road, has been warning ships about the dangers of Point Lonsdale for over one hundred years. It is located on a spectacular bluff, with wild and windy views out to the Southern Ocean and back into Port Phillip Bay.

Port Lonsdale Lighthouse history

The first construction at Point Lonsdale was a navigation aid. This was put up in 1852. In 1863 a prefabricated wooden structure, the Queenscliff Low Light, was re-erected at Point Lonsdale. This wooden structure was replaced with the current concrete design in 1902.

The lighthouse was staffed until 1999, when it was made automatic. However the signal station is still staffed and helps with the movement of commercial shipping inside and outside of Port Phillips Heads. This makes it possibly the last manned lighthouse in Australia.

Walking tours

You can easily walk around the grounds of the Lighthouse. Parking is close by and the trails are not too steep and are well maintained.

It can get windy and blustery and chilly, so make sure you rug up appropriately. Keep a tight hold of scarves and beanies so they don’t get blown away.

There are tours of the lighthouse itself for the general public. They are run on Sundays only, from 9.30am until 1.00pm. They say that people need to be fit enough to climb 120 stairs, so be forewarned.

The tours are run by volunteers of the Queenscliff Maritime Museum Inc so bookings need to be made at least 2 weeks ahead. All tour guides have Working With Children’s checks and Certificate 2 First Aid.

Directions and Distance

The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse is about 1 kilometre from Point Lonsdale Front Beach playground,  BBQ and coffee shops.

Many people start their walk along the foreshore and then use the track that leads to the lighthouse. If you want to bypass the walk, there is plenty of parking in front of the lighthouse.

The park and the lighthouse are either a short drive, or walk, from Lonsdale Palms. The Lighthouse makes a wonderful day out, in the salty sea air, and is ideal to visit one of Australia’s great historical icons. Who knows, you might just see a big container ship making its way through the heads.

If you would like more information about the tours with the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, you can contact 0490 550 837 or 03 5258 3440.

  • Cost: General Tour Admissions are $5 for children 5-14 years, $8 for concession tickets and $10 for adults. Children under 5 years are free.
  • Address: 2 Wharf Street, Queenscliff

Driving Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 5 minutes

Walking Distance from Lonsdale Palms: Approximately 35 minutes

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