Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Split Point lighthouse, Airey's Inlet.

Split Point was originally called Eagles Nest Point. The lighthouse was built in 1891. The original light source was vapourised kerosene. When it was taken over by the Commonwealth Government in 1919 the light was converted to acetylene and automated. Conversion to mains electricity took place in 1972. An early keeper had an interesting solution to the tedium of the light keeper's job:

"The keeper at Split Point at Airey's Inlet in Victoria did not exactly sleep on the job but he did not see why he should be deprived of his social life at night. He scratched a small hole in the black paint on the back of the lantern, which prevents the light shining inland and annoying residents. This keeper, Richard Joy Baker, scratched the hole to line up with the Airey's Inlet Hotel. Each time the lenses rotated, the light winked through the hole, assuring the keeper (who had retired to the hotel) that all was well."

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Split Point Lighthouse from Willows Tearooms, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Split Point Lighthouse from Willows Tearooms, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. With amazing cloud formations as a stunning backdrop, this is a unique view of the Split Point Lighthouse. 2015.

Copyright © Caroline Lytzki

Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Copyright © Caroline Lytzki 2015

Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Copyright © Caroline Lytzki 2015

Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Copyright © Caroline Lytzki 2015

Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Copyright © Caroline Lytzki 2015

Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Split Point Lighthouse with amazing cloud formations as a stunning backdrop.

Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Dark clouds, soaring light form a stunning backdrop to the Split Point Lighthouse. 2015.

Copyright © Caroline Lytzki

Split Point Rock, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Split Point Rock, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. The rock just offshore that gives the point the name Split Point 2015.

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Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Joe Mortelliti's life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to 'see' the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Natural spotlight on the cliff face at Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Natural spotlight on the cliff face at Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. A narrow spotlight of sunshine breaks through rain clouds skimming across the lighthouse and a small portion of the cliffs, while the remaining cliffs remain subdued in overcast lighting. At the same time the sunlight creates a rainbow backdrop to the scene. February 2003.

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