Parks Victoria is a statutory authority, created by the Parks Victoria Act 1998 and reporting to the Minister.

Our estate covers more than 4 million hectares, or about 18 per cent, of Victoria. We manage the largest and most diverse collection of heritage places on public land in Victoria, with around 2,900 heritage assets and many places of National and State significance.

Our primary responsibility is to ensure parks are healthy and resilient for current and future generations. We manage parks in the context of their surrounding landscape and in partnership with Traditional Owners.

Gabo Island is rich in cultural history, contains significant flora and fauna and has stunning landscapes with magnificent views of Croajingolong National Park, including the Cape Howe Wilderness Zone. It covers an area of approximately 154 hectares and features the only operating island lighthouse in Victoria. The lighthouse was constructed from 1858 to 1862 using the distinctive pink granite found on the island. Tours of the magnificent 47m high structure are available, with spectacular views from the top of the lighthouse.

Our collection

Gabo Island Lightstation (2003)

The Gabo Island Collection comprises around 175 inventoried items located within the lightstation precinct. Most are spread over the lightkeeper’s quarters, the assistant lightkeepers’ quarters, the lighthouse and the shed formerly used for blacksmithing, and there are three shipwreck items displayed outdoors. About half the objects and parts of objects relate to lightstation’s core function of ensuring safe routes for shipping and establishing and maintaining communications, visually and electronically.