We have received notification that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will be undertaking significant restoration works at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse as part of its nationwide maintenance and conservation program for lighthouses across Australia.
The restoration works are expected to take place from September – November 2021, inclusive. During this period, the Lighthouse tower will be closed and guided tours will be suspended. The precinct, however, will remain open to visitors, who will continue to have access to the Lighthouse grounds and award-winning interpretive centre housed in one of the original lighthouse keepers’ cottages. The Cape Leeuwin Café will also remain open during this period of work. We expect that the Two Oceans viewing platforms will also remain open.
The restoration works are vital to ensure the longevity of the Lighthouse as a marine safety aid and culturally significant tourist drawcard. AMSA has engaged engineers to scope the work, which is expected to include external stripping and repainting of the Lighthouse tower, as well as metalwork, stone restoration and electrical upgrades.
The works at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse follows extensive restoration works carried out by AMSA at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse in 2019. See a photo of what the works looked like at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse when they were being carried out.