What’s right about Lighthouses? They were always a string of history to it and were often built to save lives.
The first lighthouse to be built in Australia was at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, South Head in 1818. The next two lights were at the mouth of the Derwent Estuary (the Iron Pot), and at the Tamor Heads. Cape Bruny was the fourth lighthouse to be built in Australia. Apart from its beauty, this tower was battling the nature way back 1836. It was first lit way back 1838 after the catastrophic wreck of the convict transport George III on my birth month April dated way back 1835 losing 134 lives.
A $10 fee if you wish to observe inside the lighthouse and can go up to see the panoramic view of the place. If you want to know about the history of the area, there was a museum (Keepers Cottage) right at the car park.
A total of a 2hrs drive from Hobart via the Kettering ferry to Roberts Point down to this convict hewn stone tower. Just follow the B66 to Lunawanna, and then Lighthouse Road (C629), a part gravel road to Cape Bruny towards at the southern end of Bruny.
The 103m above sea level provides you with a 360 glorious view, and to date, the light at Cape Bruny remains Tasmania’s second oldest lighthouse and the most extended continually manned.
A short walk down the ridge southwest from the Lighthouse leads to the causeway across to Courts Island (Grass Island), which hosts a mutton-bird rookery. At low tide, you can walk or wade across (about 50m), but difficulty may be experienced at high tide or in a rough sea.
Cape Bruny Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1996 and replaced by a solar-powered light nearby.