This Little Light of Mine
One of my favourite things to do as a world traveller is work experience – I love stepping into other people’s shoes for a day. This week my work experience reached lofty heights.
The lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste has been operating for 110 years, guiding ships along the treacherous coast of south west Western Australia.
Until 1996 it was manned by three lighthouse keepers, and even though the light is now automated, I got to be the keeper of the light and resident tour guide for just a day.
Come with me and I’ll show you around.
Before we begin our tour you need to know the rules of visiting a working lighthouse.
The lighthouse was built in 1903. There was a big celebration when it was turned on for the first time in 1904.
Here is the control room. Before electricity, this tiny kerosene light bulb was all that was needed to power the lighthouse. Giant mirrors magnify the light so it can be seen for miles.
It’s worth climbing the 59 steps to the balcony because the views of the rocky coast and the Indian Ocean are wonderful.
Hold onto your hat please – it’s windy up here!