Bulwer Island Light

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Bulwer Island Light
Bulwer Island Lighthouse, at the Queensland Maritime Museum
Bulwer Island Light is located in Queensland
Bulwer Island Light
Coordinates27°28′53.65″S 153°01′35.8″E / 27.4815694°S 153.026611°E / -27.4815694; 153.026611Coordinates: 27°28′53.65″S 153°01′35.8″E / 27.4815694°S 153.026611°E / -27.4815694; 153.026611
Year first constructed1909
Year first lit1912
Constructiontimber frame clad covered by corrugated iron
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, red lantern dome
Tower height52 feet (16 m)
ARLHS numberAUS-015
Managing agentQueensland Maritime Museum

Bulwer Island Light, also known as Bulwer Island Range Rear Light, is an inactive lighthouse that used to be located on Bulwer Island, in the city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In 1983 it was moved to the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane.


The station was established in 1909; the current light was lit in 1912, as the rear light of a pair of leading lights at the mouth of Brisbane River.[1] Made of hardwood frame clad with corrugated iron, it was the eight and last of its kind to be constructed, the first seven being Little Sea Hill Light, Grassy Hill Light, Goods Island Light, Bay Rock Light, Old Caloundra Head Light, North Point Hummock Light (demolished) and Gatcombe Head Light (demolished).[2] In 1983 the lighthouse was replaced by a skeletal tower, and relocated to the Queensland Maritime Museum; the original location is now occupied by an oil refinery.[3]

The tower went through restoration in 2005, replacing timber and rotted windowsills; the ground level cover was also painted, and access was improved.[4]


The Queensland Maritime Museum is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River just south of the South Bank Parklands precinct of Brisbane, and close to the Goodwill Bridge; the museum is open daily[5] and the ground level of the lighthouse is open to visitors.[3]

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  1. ^ "Bulwer Island Light - Lighthouse Explorer Database - Lighthouses at Lighthouse Depot". lighthousedepot.com. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Caloundra Lighthouses (entry 602746)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Southern Queensland". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  4. ^ Jack Duvoisin and Col Gladstone, Queensland Maritime Museum (July – August 2005). "Bulwer Island Lighthouse restoration work". Lighthouses of Australia Inc Bulletin. 8 (4). Archived from the original on 28 December 2010., note that Rowlett says 2004, but may relate to the day of the grant or to another restoration.
  5. ^ "QMMAWeb". maritimemuseum.com.au. Retrieved 28 November 2010.