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Point Cartwright Light Point Cartwright Light, 2007 Location Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia Coordinates 26°40′46.94″S 153°08′18.45″E / 26.6797056°S 153.1384583°E / -26.6797056; 153.1384583Coordinates: 26°40′46.94″S 153°08′18.45″E / 26.6797056°S 153.1384583°E / -26.6797056; 153.1384583 Year first constructed 1978[1] Construction reinforced concrete Tower shape pentagonal Markings / pattern white Height 105 feet (32 m) Focal height 174 feet (53 m) Intensity W. 310,000 cd R. 2,100 cd Range W. 23 nmi (43 km) R. 11 nmi (20 km) Characteristic Fl.(3)W.R. 15s Admiralty number K2907.8 NGA number 111-5672 ARLHS number AUS-129 Point Cartwright Light is an active lighthouse located on Point Cartwright, a point near the mouth of the Mooloolah River, in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. It marks the entrance to the North West Channel, a deep water channel into Moreton Bay and the Port of Brisbane, and provides guidance into the Mooloolaba Harbour. Contents 1 History 2 Current display 3 Site operation and visiting 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links History Old Caloundra Light, construction in 1896, was the first to serve the purpose of marking the entrance to the North West Channel. Changes in the shipping industry in the 1960s necessitated the construction of a modern signal and radar station, and thus New Caloundra Light was erected in 1967. However, New Caloundra Light was to have a short lifespan as a coastal light. By 1978 the buildings in Caloundra had grown in height, obscuring it from some angles.[2][3] Point Cartwright Light was built in 1978.[1] It was the sixth of a group of seven concrete towers erected by the Commonwealth between 1964 and 1979, by order of construction, Cape Capricorn Light, New Caloundra Light, Point Danger Light, New Burnett Heads Light, Fitzroy Island Light, itself and Archer Point Light.[2] The light was automatic from its construction and was never manned.[3] Current display The light characteristic shown is three flashes every fifteen seconds, Red at 088°-180°, visible for 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) and White at 180°-345°, visible for 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)[4] The red sector provides guidance into the Mooloolaba Harbour, while the white sector serves the original purpose of marking the entrance to the North West Channel.[3] The light source is a 200 Watt sealed beam array, fed from the mains electricity, with a diesel generator and batteries for backup. The intensity of the white flashes is 310,000 cd, while that of the red flashes is only 2,100 cd. This is achieved by a filter and a red plexiglas screen.[3] Site operation and visiting The site and the light are operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The site is open to the public, but the tower is closed.[5] See also List of lighthouses and lightvessels in Australia Notes ^ a b Rowlett, Lighthouses of Australia Inc. Searle states 1979. ^ a b CHIMS31351. ^ a b c d Lighthouses of Australia Inc. ^ List of Lights ^ Rowlett. References (PDF) List of Lights, Pub. 111, The West Coasts of North and South America (Excluding Continental U.S.A. and Hawaii), Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Islands of the North and South Pacific Oceans. List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2009. p. 114. http://msi.nga.mil/MSISiteContent/StaticFiles/NAV_PUBS/NIMA_LOL/Pub111/Pub111bk.pdf.  Listed as "Point Carwright" Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Australia: Queensland's East Coast". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/qld.htm. Retrieved 2010-11-14.  "The Point Cartwright Lighthouse". Lighthouses of Queensland. Lighthouses of Australia Inc. http://www.lighthouse.net.au/lights/QLD/Point%20Cartwright/Point%20Cartwright.htm.  "Caloundra Lighthouses (entry CHIMS31351)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/chims/placeDetail.html?siteId=31351.  Searle, Garry. "List of Lighthouses - Queensland". Lighthouses of Australia. SeaSide Lights. http://www.seasidelights.com.au/state.asp?fState=QLD.  External links Grant and Tracey's Lighthouse Pages - Point Cartwright v · d · eLighthouses of Queensland South East Coast Point Danger • Cleveland Point • Moreton Bay Pile • Bulwer Island • Old Caloundra • New Caloundra • Point Cartwright • Double Island Point Moreton Island lighthouses Cape Moreton • Comboyuro Point • North Point • Cowan Cowan Point • Yellow Patch Central Coast Sandy Cape • Lady Elliot Island • Old Burnett Heads • New Burnett Heads • Bustard Head • North Reef • Sea Hill • Cape Capricorn North Coast Flat Top Island • Pine Islet • Creal Reef • Dent Island • Cape Bowling Green • Cape Cleveland • Bay Rock Far North Coast Fitzroy Island • Low Isles • Grassy Hill • Archer Point • Wharton Reef Torres Strait Wyborn Reef • Eborac Island • Goods Island • Booby Island See also: List of lighthouses and lightvessels in Australia