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Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

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Lighthouse Landmark
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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  • Didn't get a chance to do the tour but a quick trip up to the lighthouse and read up on the history if you are passing through is well worth it. Make sure you park in the designated stops to avoid a t...  more »
  • I took my family here for a quick break after a long car drive. We did not go to the lighthouse itself (it was closed) but we went for a walk in the cove below the lighthouse. The location was stunnin...  more »
  • One of the small attractions at the starting of Great Ocean Road. Not much time needed here but there are great spots for great pictures! There's a small little cafe where you can drop by for a cup of...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous scenery. For a small fee you can climb to the top of the lighthouse (which is from the TV series "Round The Twist") Definitely worth it. The view is stunning. It's a yes from me.
  • Great view from the top. Tour was interesting. Walk up was easy.
  • Great view point and there's a nice coffee spot just 40meteres from the tower. It's a nice stop if you're headed down the Great Ocean Road.
  • Very picturesque location on the great ocean ride. The lighthouse is in very good condition. Visitors can visit to the top area of it by a reasonable fee. The view from the top is fantastic. The beach near this lighthouse is classic place to spend a good time with friends and family.
  • The lighthouse tour closes at 1500. Arrived a little late for the tour but the surrounding view still looks great

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