Cape Moreton Lighthouse

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Moreton Island Lighthouse was the first lighthouse built in Queensland. Built by tradesmen and convicts, the 23-metre high lighthouse was lit for the first time in 1857. Moreton Island is almost entirely sand, so the lighthouse is built on a rare rocky promontory and is constructed of island sandstone. It was built to cope with increased shipping movements and for a long time was the only light on the entire east coast of Australia.

The large number of shipwrecks scattered around the entrance to Moreton Bay attest to the need for the light. Originally the light used an oil wick, which was converted to pressurised acetylene gas in 1930 then 110-volt electricity in 1937, 240-volt in 1967, and finally to solar power in 1997. In 1998 the lighthouse was made automatic and now has a laser beam that reaches up to 30-kilometress out to sea.

The lighthouse is on the northern point of Moreton Island. It's a great spot to watch marine life including dolphins, turtles, manta rays and dugongs, plus migrating humpback whales during the winter months. In one of the old keeper's cottages is the Moreton Island National Park Information Centre with a great source of island history. 


  • Sight-seeing
  • Photographic opportunities


  • Walking trails
  • Viewing points

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions. Ensure to check for any updates relating to any warnings that may be issued for the area, and check for the opening and closing times.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • National Park fees and parking fees may apply.
  • Do not feed the wildlife.
  • Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but memories.

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Location & Supplier

Cape Moreton Lighthouse

Address: Moreton Island Lighthouse, Moreton Island, Queensland 4025

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