Located on the eastern tip of Kangaroo Island in South Australia is Cape Willoughby. This rugged and windswept cape is home to some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the region, as well as a rich history dating back to the early 19th century.
One of the main attractions at Cape Willoughby is the lighthouse, which was built in 1852 and is the oldest lighthouse in South Australia. It protects ships as they navigate through Backstairs Passage between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. It’s definitely one of the more unusually shaped lighthouses I’ve seen, partly due to the lantern room being replaced in 1974. Visitors can take a guided tour of the lighthouse and learn about its fascinating history, as well as enjoy stunning views of the surrounding coastline from the top of the tower.
For nature lovers, Cape Willoughby is also home to several walking trails that offer breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and surrounding wilderness. The trails range from easy to moderate difficulty and take visitors through a variety of landscapes, from windswept heathlands to rocky cliffs and pristine beaches.