The historic Point Perpendicular Lighthouse globe has been switched on as part of the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review celebrations.
Defence spent $900,000 last year restoring the light, which will remain on until Friday, October 4.
The lighthouse was active when the original RAN fleet passed through Jervis Bay on its way to Sydney for the first fleet entry in 1913.
Lighthouse Australia vice-president Ian Clifford said it was a natural decision to have the lighthouse heritage light turned on for the occasion.
“The Navy and Defence are aware of their heritage and the light is a part of that. It was part of the first charter,” Mr Clifford said.
A display of lighthouse technologies will be available to view at the bottom of the lighthouse, which will be open until Thursday, October 4 from 10am to 4pm.
Mr Clifford said the lighthouse was the perfect vantage point for the International Fleet Review celebrations.
“Point Perpendicular is a great site and fantastic vantage point to view Jervis Bay,” he said.
The lighthouse was built in 1899 to replace the inaccurately placed Cape St George Lighthouse and is believed to be the first lighthouse in Australia to be built of concrete blocks.
RAN and visiting warships will rendezvous in Jervis Bay on Tuesday, October 1 before sailing to Sydney.
This follows the 1913 route of the original RAN fleet, which visited Jervis Bay before travelling to Sydney.
More than 25 warships are expected in Jervis Bay next week in preparation for the International Fleet Review, which will be held in Sydney from October 3 to 11.