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Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

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Address: Cape Willoughby Road, Willoughby, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
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The first lighthouse erected in South Australia, the Cape Willoughby...

The first lighthouse erected in South Australia, the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse lights the Backstairs Passage between Kangaroo Island and the mainland.

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This is in a very deserted area of Kangaroo Island. We didn't actually get to climb the lighthouse (limited hours), but did walks along designated tracks. We stayed one night in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is in a very deserted area of Kangaroo Island. We didn't actually get to climb the lighthouse (limited hours), but did walks along designated tracks. We stayed one night in the Seymour cottage. Fantastic!

Thank warners1
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the tour! It is the only way you will be able to climb to the top of the lighthouse but above all the tour is very informative. The details about the area, the history of the lighthouse and how it functions are all told in an interesting manner. Our tour guide was Quintin.

Thank Suzanne B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful views all around and the information Center is excellent though it costs $16 per head to climb up the lighthouse though you can walk around it for $3. Not much else bedides though it is quite a trek on unsealed roads.

Thank Cwood59
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This was a surprise after a long drive. After arriving on the Ferry, we travelled from Penneshaw to Cape Willoughby with many interesting places to stop and stretch the legs in between. Make sure you dont just drive past... The lighthouse has accommodation in the form of the lighthouse keepers original house and buildings (book well in advance) and an... More 

Thank Roland G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

If you are looking for an opportunity to climb to the near top of a fabulous lighthouse, then Cape Willoughby Lighthouse is for you! Our NP ranger guide Dale was very knowledgeable and described the history and function of the lightstation well, during our paid tour. We visited a number of the buildings on site, some containing amazing historical components... More 

Thank ilovepythagoras
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful views from the lighthouse and nice walking path. We didn't have time to take the full tour of the actual lighthouse but still had a good visit.

Thank mherskovitz
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Bumpy road in but the scale of the scenery is awesome. Good parking and access around the site was good. informative displays

Thank Anthony C
Hallett Cove, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Located out of Penneshaw with a reasonable distance on a fairly bumpy/corrugated road, this lighthouse is still worth a visit. Great views once you arrive at the lighthouse car park. Nearby cafe but we didn't visit. Visitor centre with interesting information and you can pay to visit the lighthouse - we didn't. If you have time, make sure you take... More 

Thank DML
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The lighthouse is a short 30 minute drive from Penneshaw. A few minutes out of Penneshaw, you will need to go on an unsealed road. We did it in a corolla, so as long as you drive slowly you should be fine. We drove close to dusk, and saw lots of kangaroos on the road side and paddocks along the... More 

Thank PhilofOZ
Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

You have to go.The site is quite stunning and the little museum is very informative. It felt as though you could step back in time . And the views are amazing.

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