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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)


  1. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, just gorgeous! Anything to do with lighthouses and the sea is near and dear to my heart. My husband has been a seaman for 44 years and we spend literally half of our lives at sea. :) Thanks for the gorgeous images.

    Very best,

  3. Thanks so much for lettin' us hop on the trail with ya. Your pictures are just breathtaking. This Ozark gal has always had a soft spot for lighthouses and beaches anyway. None of the two 'round these parts.

    I just wanted to thank ya for your visit and hoppin' on my blog. I sure hope ya enjoy the ride!

    God bless and in the words of that silly old Granny Clampett, "ya'll come back now, ya hear!!!!"

  4. Great pictures. I would love to stay there.

  5. Thanks for taking us on tour and I really loved learning about the area. Good pics too.

  6. Rina, so sweet of you to share your trip with us. How lovely it is there! Yes, I'd like to stay at the B&B there. Gorgeous flowers too. Welcome home and have a great week...Sherry

  7. Hi Rina, what a wonderful tour guide you make. Thanks so very much for sharing your lovely photos and a little of the history of Smoky Cape. Good to see you had a wonderful time while away on your break. Hope you have are having a terrific week. Cheers, Deb

  8. What a gorgeous area, I love Lighthouses.

  9. Hi Ladies, we did have a good time, we had lovely friends, Nilo and Des stay Thursday night. Put up a tent for them, just a little worried it getting a little cold there in the evenings.

    I love lighthouses as well! This one nearly made me think I was in Greece with the white and blue paint Beautiful.

  10. Wow, very pretty. Love all the pictues.