Earlier in the year I did a series on Victorian Lighthouses and Shipwrecks along the Victorian Coast, featuring areas along Geelong and Out near Cape Schanck. Just recently we embarked on a week long drive down the Great Ocean Road, where approximately 640 shipwrecks have occurred, with only 240 being actually discovered. It has been estimated that over 2,500 souls have been lost at sea, among the carnage caused by the treacherous waters along the coast. Many of the wrecks could not actually be seen from the shore, some are so deep they may never seen, others are maritime diving sanctuaries.Due to the severe danger and sheer loss of lives many light houses, or light stations have been built over the years, and we visited as many as we could!
Out first stop was Airies Inlet and the Split Point Lighthouse. Originally called Eagles Nest Point, the lighthouse was constructed in 1891. It was converted to automatic operation in 1919. Split point lighthouse has 132 stairs from bottom to top. It is made from Rendered concrete.
|Height||34 metres (112 ft)|
|Focal height||66 metres (217 ft)|
|Original lens||1st order Fresnel|
|Light source||mains power|
|Intensity||116,000 cd (White), 23,000 cd (Red)|
|Range||white 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
red 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
|Characteristic||Fl (4) 20s|
Split Point lighthouse has been used in many movies and TV Shows as well. The Old Stables have now been converted into a Cafe.
Til next time, happy snapping……….