Monday, April 26, 2010
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Smoky Cape was named by Captain Cook on May 13th 1770 as he sailed north on the Endeavour.
At noom we were ... about three or four leagues from the land .. a point or headland on which were seen fires that caused a great quantity of snoke which occasioned my giving it the name Smoky Cape
These were the fires of the Dunghutti Aboriginal people who had been living in the coastal environment, walking these beaches and headlands for thousands of years. Actual contact with European people was not until 1816, when a sailing ship was wrecked in Trail Bay.
Smoky Cape was the last lighthouse designed by the colonist architect James Barnett. Messers Oakes and Co, won the tender to construct the tower, associated buildings, lightkeepers residences, coach house and stables and work began in 1880. The lighthouse was completed in 1891 at a cost of 18,000 pounds and first lit on the 15th April 1891.
Today Smoky Cape is still a functioning Lighthouse, and the entire complex is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List. (Great view to the beaches below.)
Coastal Banksias ... Banksia integrifolia
The Coast Banksia occurs frequently along the coast from Melbourne to northern Queensland.
Its distinctive white under-leaf, as well as growing healthily in coastal sand dunes and headlands gives it away.
The Coast Banksia's yellow spikes (flowers) appear in Autumn and Winter.
A sneaky view over the fence with it's double pink hibuscus in bloom
Would you like to stay at this Bed and Breakfast with a view over the ocean?
There are a few walks you can do if you so wish. Or just have a picnic or BBQ and relax.
Hope you enjoyed the tour with us.
Thank you for coming along Until tomorrow when we visit Trail Bay Goal
See ya ... kind regards your tour guide.
(PS what a great camera person she is too)