Point Hicks Lighthouse, Victoria, Australia
The Victorian coast and offshore islands are dotted with lighthouses, many dating back to the earliest days of settlement. All are now automated and are no longer staffed. Many are open for public inspection and some have adjoining residences and are available for overnight accommodation.
Operating since 1890, Point Hicks Lighthouse marks Captain James Cook’s first Australian landfall in the Endeavour and is named after his first lieutenant, Zachary Hicks. Prominent on a granite headland and surrounded by national park, it is the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia and is about 50 minutes by car off Princes Highway from Cann River in East Gippsland. The two historic keepers’ cottages each sleep six; a bungalow sleeps two. Cottages are well equipped, and bedding and towels can be hired. The cottages boast superb ocean views, cosy wood fires, wide verandahs and that unique lighthouse quarters charm
Camping is also available five kilometers away at two small campgrounds, Thurra River and Mueller Inlet. Sites are nestled amongst tea tree and big old coastal mahogany, each site with its own character and charm. Canoe pristine rivers, catch your evening meal, spy Humpback whales, explore the wreck of the SS Saros or snorkel the West Point. Challenge yourself to the towering dunes or simply relax and dine on the wide verandahs watching the seals, waves, sea eagles and a spectacular summer sunset.
MHM has stayed at Point Hicks on a road trip from Sydney to Melbourne, it was quite magical and we cannot recommend it highly enough. The staff were also fabulous and keen to show us around! For more information on accommodation and booking enquiries Click Here to go through to the Gippsland Lakes Escapes website.
This very helpful article by David Adams in the Sydney Morning Herald entitled ‘Beacons of Hope’ (dated March 6 2010) gives a very comprehensive summary of all the lighthouse in Victoria worthy of day or overnight visits.