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Old Lightkeeper's Cottages

Today, the cottages are simply ruins, but a walk/drive (4WD only) to the site affords a great view of the platform and transports the visitor back to the days when lightkeepers and their families supported the operation of the light station.

Plan of Cape Jaffa Lighthouse Keepers Cottages

"The building comprised three cottages under the one roof and a large store room at the end.

The cottages at each end of the building were of four rooms and the centre cottage was only one room.

The cleared area around the cottages at the time covered about one acre, and, on the rise at the north-western corner, a flagstaff was situated.

Stables occupied the opposite corner of the block and housed two medium draught horses and a dray."

Taken from “The Cape Jaffa Lighthouse Story” by Verne McLaren, 1977

The Bush Track


The Bush Track, recently opened and developed by National Parks and Wildlife, with assistance from the Friends of Butcher Gap group, takes you to the cottage ruins from the car park. It's 2 kms return so allow an hour.

Walking through the bush immerses the visitor in the experiences of the Lightkeeper and his family, who would have used the area to supplement their food supplies and collect water from a well.

The platform, 8 kms out to sea, is suddenly visible when the track ascends a high point near the cottage ruins - a truly amazing revelation!

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