Cape Borda Lightstation is testament to a bygone era of travelling the open seas by sail. It is a monument to isolation and hardship. The precinct is steeped in European history. It has an unusual square lighthouse built in 1858, several historic light keepers’ cottages you can stay in, and a museum.
Learn more about the island’s maritime history on a guided tour (fee applies). Don’t miss the 12.30pm tour – it includes the daily cannon firing at 1pm. You can find out all about it during the tour.
Other highlights include the museum where you can read the diaries of early lighthouse keepers. The nearby lighthouse keeper’s cemetery at Harvey’s Return also offers a sobering insight into the hardships faced by early lighthouse keepers and their families.
Cape Borda offers picnic areas with sheltered gas barbecues. Go for a walk after lunch – try the Cliff Top Hike for amazing views out over the water.
To really experience the spectacular beauty and tranquillity of Cape Borda, you can stay overnight in a charming self-contained lighthouse keeper’s cottage. If camping is more your thing, nearby Harvey’s Return has a campground (camping fees apply).