Cape Borda Lightstation

Cape Borda Lightstation

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267.86km from Adelaide
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Cape Bor­da Light­house is perched on cliffs over­look­ing Inves­ti­ga­tor Strait. Locat­ed on the north west­ern cor­ner of Kan­ga­roo Island, this unique square light­house was built in 1858 and is steeped in Euro­pean history.

The light­sta­tion was estab­lished to guide ships enter­ing the dan­ger­ous waters of Inves­ti­ga­tor Strait from the west. Dur­ing coloni­sa­tion, the South Aus­tralian set­tle­ment was almost entire­ly depen­dent on the ship­ping trade.

Take a self-guid­ed tour around the Cape Bor­da Light­sta­tion set­tle­ment. It will give you an insight into the ear­ly light­keep­ers’ liv­ing con­di­tions, and how iso­la­tion and a demand­ing rou­tine dom­i­nat­ed their often harsh lives.

After the self-guid­ed tour, enjoy a stroll along one of the walk­ing trails around the park includ­ing the Cliff Top Hike. This short trail through a pic­turesque rock gar­den takes you to a stone look­out that pro­vides an ide­al van­tage point for spot­ting whales and dolphins.

Down­load the Nation­al Parks of Kan­ga­roo Island Vis­i­tor Guide: May 2022 to see what’s open in oth­er parks across Kan­ga­roo Island now. 

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