The historic lighthouse is located about 27 kms along the beach, almost at the seaward end of Farewell Spit. Construction started on the first lighthouse back in 1869, but as it was constructed of wood it deteriorated quickly in the abrasive sand-laden winds that roar across this exposed site. A new steel lighthouse was built in the 1890s and is still operating today, although now on mains power with an automated light. The small community of houses at the base of the spit tells of a rich history of lighthouse families living there over time. Best seen on our Farewell Spit Tour or our Gannet Colony Tour.