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Cape Borda Lightstation

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Address: 10145 Playford Highway | Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
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+61 8 8553 4465

Cape Borda Lightstation is in a stunning location upon the cliffs...

Cape Borda Lightstation is in a stunning location upon the cliffs overlooking Investigator Strait. To discover the maritime history of the area you can take a tour of the lighthouse and visit the museum. Don't miss the daily cannon firing on the 12.30pm tour!

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One of the great "tour drives" on the Island, the trip to Cape Borda Lightstation traverses differing landscapes, all spectacular in their own way. We were fortunate that the... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2017
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

One of the great "tour drives" on the Island, the trip to Cape Borda Lightstation traverses differing landscapes, all spectacular in their own way. We were fortunate that the dirt road to the lightstation (about 40km each way) had been graded two days earlier, however there were parts that were very corrugated. A tough 4WD would be advantageous. Mick, the... More 

Thank ilovepythagoras
Szekesfehervar, Hungary
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

This is as far as you can go on the Island, it is desolate and have good tires and preferably 4WD, the road will beat you to death but it's worth the trip. Mick, the lone employee is a wealth of knowledge and it's the only lighthouse on the island that you have access to. There are accommodations there but... More 

Thank Dennis g
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely long drive to get there but it was a great area to learn about the history of the area and don't miss the cannon firing!

Thank JacinthaLee
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Visited today and the view was stunning, the staff are lovely but the 37km of corrugated dirt road (* 2 there and back) was more stress on my 2WD car than I had anticipated. We met a lot of other cars on the road too going at similar speeds (averaging 20-30km per hour). I felt there were insufficient signs or... More 

Thank Lucyoneill25
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

12.30 tour was really good. Mick knows his stuff and is very good at speaking to all age levels. Highly recommend the tour.

Thank Simon M
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Extremely informative, Mick was inclusive and age appropriate for the children, and a brilliant speaker. This is a fantastic place to visit.

1 Thank Helen B
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is most definitely worth the dirt road to get there. Mick is a man who loves his job, and it shows with wonderful use of humour throughout the tour. We did the 12:30 tour with the firing of the cannon included.

Thank MQ007b
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

The lighthouse itself is quite stunning but it was closed on the day we visited. However the little café ....and Thyme is well worth the drive as it has excellent coffee, great curries, wonderful rocky road and wonderful views.

Thank Tinaballerina
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

A long dirt road was rewarded with a view of a quaint and restored square lighthouse. The museum was informative, and I recommend the cliff top walk for some cracking views

Thank Steve W
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

Lighthouses were placed on prominent wild areas for a reason! You can feel the elements, even on a relatively calm day when you scoot between buildings at Cape Borda Lighthouse Station. Imagining the pioneering Lighthouse Keepers and their families becomes your focus when you read the accounts and see the photos while there. Stories of shipwrecks, lives saved, children lost... More 

Thank Gavsno M

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