There’s always been something romantic and exciting about lighthouses. Perhaps it’s the fact that they often stand in wild and untamed places where the wind blusters, waves buffet and eagles soar overhead. Lighthouses are a vital and familiar part of the Shoalhaven’s maritime heritage. They range in size from the mighty beacon at Point Perpendicular to the smaller lights at Crookhaven Head and Ulladulla. Sadly, for some purists, the era of the lighthouse keeper has been relegated to history with the light now unmanned.
Built in 1899 to replace the Cape St George station, the imposing Point Perpendicular lighthouse stands on the cliffs more than 60 metres above the sea at the northern entrance to Jervis Bay. In 1993, John Hampson the last keeper left when the light was extinguished and replaced with an automatic navaid tower.
Note: as Beecroft Peninsula is Commonwealth property and serves the bombardment range for the Royal Australian Navy, access to Point Perpendicular is restricted at times.
BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK:
Built in the wrong place about 1km south of the southern entrance of Jervis Bay, the Cape St George lighthouse was considered a navigational hazard. From 1864-1893, 23 ships were wrecked in the vicinity of Jervis Bay. Abandoned in 1899, the sandstone structure was destroyed by Naval shelling in the early 1920s. This ruined sandstone lighthouse in Booderee National Park is the perfect place to take in stunning views of the coast, watch out for whales or commune with the sea eagles cruising along the cliff line.