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Split Point Lighthouse


Location: Australia
Construction: 1891
Automated: 1972
Height: 34 metres
Elevation: 66 metres
Intensity: 116,000 Candelas
Range: 20 Nautical Miles

A lighthouse located in Aireys Inlet- a small town on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. The Peggys Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada An aid for navigation and pilotage at sea, a lighthouse is a tower building or framework sending out light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire. ... A small coastal town on the Great Ocean Road, South-West of Melbourne, Australia. ... Great Ocean Road Main Gate at Eastern View The Great Ocean Road stretches along the South Eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Geelong and Warrnambool. ... Emblems: Pink heath (floral) helmeted honeyeater (bird) Leadbeaters possum (faunal) Motto: Peace and Prosperity Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place To Be, On The Move Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Governor Premier Const. ...

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History

Originally called Eagles Nest Point, the Split Point Lighthouse was originally built in 1891. It was converted to automatic operation in 1919.


The original British made lens is still in use. However, the factory in Birmingham, where the lens was built, was bombed during war-time and the essential formulas for making the unique lens crystal were lost, should a replacement ever be needed. The city from above Centenary Square. ... ...


A Japanese firm, consulted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, estimated the cost of replacing the lens at more than AUS$1 million.



Under standard Australian lighthouse convention, red filters which would usually be placed to the extreme left and right of the beam (indicating "danger zones" for a passing ship, in-line with the jagged coastline). For reasons unknown, the Split Point Lighthouse operated for many years under the opposite system; although this has now been corrected.


The original lighthouse keeper's quarters, a detached house adjacent to the site, is now a privately owned residence.


Today

The view to the right from the top of the lighthouse.
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The view to the right from the top of the lighthouse.

Since summer 2005, the Split Point Lighthouse has been offering regular 30 minute guided tours, during which visitors have the chance to climb the original staircase and experience the view from the balcony just below the latern room. Tours had been available for much of the 1990s, but on only a few days per year.


The top of the lighthouse is also now used as a mobile phone base station, making it dangerous to enter the latern room (or any area above) whilst it is in operation, due to possible exposure to RF radiation. Two GSM mobile phone base stations disguised as trees in Dublin, Ireland. ... Electromagnetic radiation or EM radiation is a combination (cross product) of oscillating electric and magnetic fields perpendicular to each other, moving through space as a wave, effectively transporting energy and momentum. ...


Popular Culture

The popular children's television series Round the Twist used the area around the Split Point Lighthouse for many external scenes. Round the Twist is an Australian childrens television series based on the wacky stories of author Paul Jennings. ...

The area leading down to the surrounding cliffs.
The area leading down to the surrounding cliffs.

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Lighthouses of Victoria

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