Capes Foundation is pleased to announce that history has been made with the completion of a once in a century renovation of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta.
The renovation works have taken over 12 months to complete and will ensure the longevity of the working lighthouse, which is revered by the Augusta community and visitors alike for its historical, cultural and environmental importance.
The renovation has been undertaken by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), with a multi-faceted team of specialist engineers and tradesmen working segment-by-segment to meticulously remove, restore, and reinforce the 127-year-old lighthouse.
For the first time in over a year, the public are now able to climb the lighthouse on a guided tour and take in spectacular views from the newly refurbished balcony.
Situated at Cape Leeuwin, one of three great capes of the world, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is the tallest on mainland Australia and marks the place where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet.
Alongside the lighthouse tower, an award-winning interpretive centre housed in an original lighthouse keeper’s cottage immerses visitors in the unique heritage and environment of the Cape.
The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse precinct is open 7 days per week from 8.45am until 4.30pm. Guided tours run every half an hour from 9.00am until 4.30pm and it is highly recommended to book online at www.capesfoundation.org.au.
Quotes to be attributed to Steve Harrison, Capes Foundation Director:
“This historic restoration was vital to ensure the longevity of the lighthouse as a marine safety aid and as an important heritage tourism destination.”
“Capes Foundation has an ongoing commitment to undertake conservation and restoration work across the eight sites in our care.”
“The refurbishment of the lighthouse by AMSA enables us to provide visitors with a superb experience and to develop a greater appreciation of our local heritage and environment.”