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Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

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Split Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Aireys Inlet, a small town on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.HistoryOriginally called Eagles Nest Point, the lighthouse was constructed in 1891. It was converted to automatic operation in 1919.The original British-made first order Fresnel lens is still in use. However, the factory in Birmingham, where the lens was built, was bombed during war-time and the essential formula for making the unique lens crystal were lost, should a replacement ever be needed.A Japanese firm, consulted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, estimated the cost of replacing the lens at more than A$1 million.Under standard Australian lighthouse convention, red filters would usually be placed to the extreme left and right of the beam (indicating "danger zones" for a passing ship, in-line with the jagged coastline). For reasons unknown, the Split Point Lighthouse operated for many years under the opposite system; although this has now been corrected. Split point lighthouse has 132 stairs from bottom to top and is 34 metres tall.TodaySince summer 2005, the Split Point Lighthouse has been offering regular 30 minute guided tours, during which visitors have the chance to climb the original staircase and experience the view from the balcony just below the lantern room. Tours had been available for much of the 1990s, but on only a few days per year.
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  • Lovely old lighthouse on Airey's inlet. It's open daily and also offer tours. Wonderful views. Recommend especially if you like lighthouses.  more »
  • Beautiful views well maintained boardwalks and paths. Tour was great, tout leader was very informative. $14 per adult fantastic views from top. Well worth a visit  more »
  • Great views e even though it was raining - extremely disappointed that the lighthouse was closed with so many people making the effort to visit in the rain  more »
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  • loved the day very cool and the dogs were cute. when i got my hair cut i saw aseagull and a fish
  • Have you ever, ever felt like this, strange things happen when your going round the twist. Nice little cafe on the walkway leading up to the lighthouse.
  • Very nice view of the ocean and a nice place to visit if you grew up watching the classic ABC show 'Round the twist'
  • The next stop of my road trip is Aireys Inlet, a hidden gem of the Great Ocean Road and the first place to do some lighthouse spotting. Aireys Inlet is also the start of the Great Otway National Park. Think Koalas and Kangaroos! At the lookout point near the Split Point lighthouse is a marine sanctuary that you can explore on your own. This is the first glimpse of coastal limestone rock formations that this road is famously known for. The ones you see here are known as Table Rock and Eagle Rock. Table rock is gone and Eagle Rock still stands today. Split Point Lighthouse is the main highlight of Aireys Inlet and affectionally called “The White Queen”. Perhaps because it looks like a Queen on a chess board. After taking time soaking in the White Queen, head on to Willows Tea House, which is in a quaint cottage house just a few meters away. There’s outdoor seating which makes it perfect to sip tea and have scones while enjoying the view over Aireys Inlet. If you ever look up quaint in the dictionary, a picture of this might actually show up next to it. My fellow travellers sometimes wonder what is it about lighthouses that got me really excited. I can't really say for certain but there is something deeply haunting about lighthouses, and I feel that they watch over a lifetime of stories of the perils at sea.
  • An important part of Victoria's past. This is one of the more picturesque lighthouses in Victoria, and certainly one of the most accessible. A very scenic spot.