The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse tower is undergoing significant restoration works; to ensure that the lighthouse continues to play its vital role in Australia's maritime safety network.
This is a historic point in the long history of Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, and as the precinct has already been beautifully restored in 2017-2018, it's certainly an interesting time to visit!
The new extensive observation platform at the base of the lighthouse tower rewards visitors with sweeping vistas of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline - perfect for photography or for just soaking in the beauty of the Cape region. The heritage-themed 'Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Cafe' also serves delicious cakes, coffee and light refreshments, and the landscaped lawns and nautical-themed playground provide space to sit and enjoy this wonderful heritage precinct.
About the current restoration work....
This steadfast lighthouse has stood high on the hill since 1903, exposed to the full elements of nature, surviving direct lighting strikes and even bush fires.
These current works are extensive; on a scale only seen once before in the tower’s history, and they will allow the lighthouse to continue - fully operational - for many years to come.
The restoration will include updating the electrical system, removing paint to reveal the bare limestone blocks, internal metal works, stairs and landings refurbished…. and after more than 115 years of service, the balcony that has been the lookout for both keepers and tourists alike, will be reinforced and strengthened.