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Completed in 1849, the original 20-metre (66 ft) Wadjemup Lighthouse (also known as Rottnest Island Light Station) was Western Australia's first stone lighthouse and was built to provide a safer sailing passage for ships to Fremantle Port and the Swan River Colony.Arrange your visit to Wadjemup Lighthouse and discover more family-friendly attractions in Fremantle using our Fremantle online tour planner.
A second and larger replacement tower was built on the same site in 1896. It is the fourth oldest extant lighthouse in Western Australia and was Australia's first rotating beam lighthouse. A shipwreck which was partly caused by poor communications and misunderstood signals from the lighthouse prompted the construction of another lighthouse on the island in 1900.
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Wadjemup Lighthouse reviews
Lovely Rottnest volunteer guides gave us an excellent tour of the lighthouse and the surrounding area. Very reasonably priced ($9 for adults, less for kids/students) and card payment available. Tours.... more »
Have to commend the volunteers who gave a great informative tour on the lighthouse and it's history. Well worth the $9, which we know would be well used for the constant upkeep of this amazing... more »
Unless you go up the lighthouse the view isn't as high up as you'd expect. Probably worth a visit if you're nearby anyway just to get a good overview of the island but realistically it's nothing amazing.
Good place to spot quokkas!!! There are a bunch of trees leading up to this lighthouse that I assume quokkas like as it's a source of shade for them. It's a good resting area too after riding or hiking in the sun. I found my self very curious and wanting to know of the history of this place as well as some of the condemned/ closed off buildings and old school RV?
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