Byron Bay is famous for its beaches, its surf spots, and also fort its lighthouse, the most easterly lighthouse of the Australian mainland.
On my way to the lighthouse – A rugged headland walk, 4-hour walk back and forth – I enjoyed stunning ocean views, saw a hang-glider (deltaplane) taking off, a dolphins colony, and two huge mantas!
The mantas where so big that even hundred of meters from them you could see them moving, it looked like they were having wings, ready to take off like the hang-glider I had seen before. Supernaturel.
And then, what was I gonna see when I reach the lighthouse ?
The most easterly point of the Australian mainland !
The history of Europeans in Byron Bay began in 1770, when Captain James Cook found a safe anchorage and named Cape Byron after John Byron, an admiral that happened to be the ancestor of the poet.
But people mismatched their names and in the 19th century, streets were given poets names…
Coming back to the lighthouse. It was inaugurated in 1901, operated with a light device that came from France.
The lens now in use is the original 1st-order bivalve Henry-LePaute Fresnel lens, 2m large,8 tons weigh. Its contains 760 pieces of highly polished prismatic glass, floating in a bath of mercury. It was the first lighthouse in Australia with a mercury float mechanism. The mechanism is rotating also during the day to reduce the risk of fire from the sun’s rays.
The original light source was a concentric six wick kerosene burner.
In 1956, the light was electrified, the clock mechanism was replaced by an electric motor, and the light source was replaced with a tungsten-halogen lamp.
(On request today: Don’t forget to take the poll below, published yesterday, answers will be shared tomorrow. It tells a lot about Australia…