Black & White Lighthouses
Queenscliff has been a prominent part of Australia's early maritime and defence history. There are two lighthouses in Queenscliff - the Black Lighthouse and the White Lighthouse - which are situated just 500 metres from each other near the entrance to Port Phillip.
Unique, striking and one of only a handful like it in the world, the Black Lighthouse at Fort Queenscliff is fashioned out of naturally black stone and is the only of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. The infamous Black Lighthouse was erected in 1843 and replaced a temporary sandstone lighthouse at the fort which was built to protect the entrance to Port Phillip.
The White Lighthouse is flanked by two steel navigational towers that to this day help to steer ships through the dangerous of The Rip and into Port Phillip. Built in 1862, it was constructed out of bluestone and sits at the tip of Shortlands Bluff.