It reaches up 47m into the sky and is Australia’s second-tallest lighthouse. Gabo Island Lightstation has a graceful appearance with its slim granite tower and was finished in 1862 after several ships sank around the islands, including the Monumental City in 1853 with a loss of 30 people. (A monument on Gabo remains.)
“A GREAT GROUP GETAWAY AND A PERFECT PLACE TO SEE PENGUINS UP CLOSE.” – Lee Atkinson
Gabo Island itself has some astonishing features too: it’s home to the largest colony of Little Penguins on earth, it’s a wonderful vantage point from which to watch seals and whales in their natural habitat, and it’s only accessible by plane or boat, lying a mere 500m off Croajingalong National Park in Bass Strait. Visitors can stay overnight in the assistant lightkeeper’s quarters, which has three bedrooms and can be a solitary hideout for up to eight. Enjoy spectacular views, watch Little Penguins toddling up the shore, dive to the wrecks, catch your own fish and feel like a lighthouse keeper for a wonderful while.
WHERE // Gabo Island is 500m offshore from Croajingalong National Park between Mallacoota and Cape Howe on the NSW/VIC border.
DID YOU KNOW? // Australia’s tallest lighthouse tower is off Cape Wickham in Tasmania. Frustratingly, it’s only one metre taller than the one on Gabo Island.