Iconic lighthouse open for inspection

THE iconic Cape Bruny Lighthouse is now open for tours.

The 1836 lighthouse towers 114-metres over dramatic cliff tops and coves that form the wild and rugged coastline of Cape Bruny.

The fully guided 30-minute tour operates between 10am-4pm, seven-days-a-week through the spring and summer months and five-days-a-week through winter (closed mid-week).

Climb the original wrought iron spiral staircase to the tower balcony and take in the sweeping southern views to the wild Tasman Sea.

Experience the vertical craggy coastlines and wonderful photo opportunities at every point of the compass, with albatross, gannets and many other pelagic seabirds gliding over the relentless ocean swells.

Observe migrating whales, short tailed shearwaters and Sea Eagles swooping close to the lighthouse.

Through June and July, approximately 50 migrating whales have already been observed.

The superbly engineered lighthouse prisms remain in working order and are a unique experience to see up close.

Learn about this early iconic navigational landmark – how it was built by convicts and how life was for a lighthouse keeper in this far south corner of the world.

More than 150 lives were lost at sea in two shipwrecks within a few nautical miles of Cape Bruny while the lighthouse was being built.

When you step out onto the lighthouse balcony, you will have dramatic views into the southern snowcapped mountain ranges of Tasmania, down to Whale Head, across to the Acteons and the little islands on the southern horizon, known as Pedra Branca and Eddystone Rock.

These islands are known for colonies of shy albatross, seals, surfing and tuna fishing.

Pedra Branca is approximately 15-nautical miles from South East Cape.

Tour founder Craig Parsey grew up on many lighthouse stations around Tasmania, including the Cape Bruny Light Station.

Knowing many of the last light keepers in Australia, Mr Parsey’s family experiences and stories will enhance your lighthouse tour discovery.

Tours are $10 for adults and $7.50 for children (no children under five-years permitted).

Sunset tours operate by request and are $45 per person. A maximum of 10 guests are permitted on any tour.

For bookings, please visit www.brunyislandlighthousetours.com.au or phone 0437 499 795.

Caption: Bruny Island Lighthouse tour guide Matt Spooner, far left, and Bruny Island Safaris tour guide Michael Paxton, back row second from the right, with a group of excited guests on Bruny Island Safari’s food, sightseeing and lighthouse tour.