Due to confined space and COVID capacity restrictions, pre-bookings for tours of the 1968 Signal Station are now being taken for Saturday 23 October. This pre-booked tour will take in both lower and upper levels in the 1968 Signal Station. The 1896 lighthouse will be open at ground level only and pre-bookings are not required. Tours of the upper level of the 1896 lighthouse are not available this year.
The Caloundra Lighthouses mark the entry to the North West Channel, the main shipping route into Brisbane.
The 1896 lighthouse was constructed with a timber frame and corrugated iron cladding, a construction type unique to Queensland lighthouses. In 1968 it was replaced by the Signal Station, Light and Radar Installation, a reinforced concrete structure. The two sat side by side until 1970 when the 1896 lighthouse was relocated to Golden Beach. It remained there for 29 years. After the Signal Station was decommissioned due to changing technology, the 1896 lighthouse was restored to its original position. It is Caloundra’s oldest building.
There are spectacular views to the shipping channel, Moreton Island and the Glass House Mountains. Caloundra’s European history is closely linked to the story of the lighthouses, and the two buildings provide evidence of the history of lighthouses from both ends of the time scale.
Image: © 1968-70 Lighthouses by A Fulton Regional Lighthouse Engineer, from Colin Gladstone.
Bookings open on Wednesday 13 October at 9am. To secure your booking visit this building page, click on the "BOOK NOW" button and follow the prompts through the Eventbrite website. To ensure a fair allocation there will be a limited ticket allocation per person. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Pre-booked tours will book out quickly. There will be no waitlists, so if you miss out, please check back in case others cancel.