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Double Island Point Lighthouse

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Sitting atop of Double Island Point is an unmanned lighthouse that flashes every 7.5 seconds. Named by Captain James Cook in 1770, Double Island Point is volcanic extrusion that has dammed the sand in the north flowing longshore drift to form a massive triangular sand mass that ties the outcrop to the mainland.

This sand mass is known as Cooloola. It includes a complex of high dunes and swales.

The sand mass acts as a great soak for rainwater and this ground water is evident as swamps and lakes where groundwater level rises above the bottoms of the swales.

Around the perimeter of the sandmass, both on the inland side as well as on the ocean shore, freshwater flows from this sand mass. Lake Cooloola and the saturated riverine plain of the Noosa River upstream of Lake Cootharaba are fed by this water system.

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Comments (4)

bdeh on November 27, 2012

Beautiful picture Iann. Greetings Berend

ebi lutze on December 5, 2012

Hi Ian * from the group A1- Unique Australia . The guardian of ships sailing by. **L Thanks also for sharing your photos with the Group. Regards Ebi

Ian Stehbens on December 5, 2012

Greetings Berend. It was a perfect day for aerial photography.


Ian Stehbens on December 5, 2012

I am pleased to be able to contribute to a uniquely Australian group, Ebi, and I trust my contributions enrich the collection. Thanks for your encouragement. I wonder if there will ever come the day when lighthouses are paint4ed such that they are inconspicuous blending into the natural environment. After all only their night light and electronic signals need to be conspicuous.



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Photo taken in Unnamed Road, Cooloola QLD 4580, Australia

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  • Uploaded on November 25, 2012
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    by Ian Stehbens