Builders had to excavate nearly 7 meters deep to reach bedrock and lay the foundation for this 40-meter tower, which was constructed by master stonemasons from local limestone. This region of Australia was quite sparsely populated at the time, which made the construction process a monumental feat.
This extremely isolated sentinel was operated manually until 1982 when the pendulum-operated kerosene burner was replaced with an electrically-powered halogen lamp. The lighthouse was and is considered an essential beacon for vessels passing around the cape due to the dangerous currents and conditions presented. The site's weather station has recorded invaluable climatic data over the years.