Wadjemup Lighthouse, Fremantle

#3 of 18 in Historic Sites in Fremantle
Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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.

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 that 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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  • The original lighthouse was established in 1849. It is the highest point on Rottnest Island. The lifghthouse was intended to guide ships to Fremantle, port for the Swan River colony, which was...  more »
  • Nice little lighthouse on Rotto! Lot of history around the island and the lighthouse. A must visit when visiting Rottnest.  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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