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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  • Wasn’t on our itinerary so it was a gem! Great views and scenery. A little bummed the lighthouse wasn’t open to public (except for tours if I’m not wrong) but it was all good! Recommend to schedule th...  more »
  • We took a slight detour to this lighthouse on our way to view the twelve apostles and it was a worthwhile stop for some photo opportunities. Not very crowded, so easy to find parking nearby and then w...  more »
  • It was raining that morning but my friend and I were lucky enough to chance upon a rainbow. The lighthouse is about 200m from the parking space and offers spectacular view at the entrance of Great Oce...  more »
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  • The tour is worth it!! I've been on the lighthouse tours a few times, I've brought plenty of friends down to visit and if we're lucky enough to arrive when a tour is about to commence we join in and not one person I have brought along has been disappointed! There's obviously a few stairs to climb but the tour guides break it up and give you an interesting fact or two at each platform on the way up, once you get to the top the sight is incredible! I'll probably be back there soon enough for another tour!
  • Nice lighthouse. The one from Round The Twist. Noticed a lot of people walk up the steep hill to get there. Don’t be silly and do that. If you follow the signs that say lighthouse the road will go up to a car park where you just walk a few meters and a straight level road. Car park is close to the other walks and views to and the little cafe that’s there.
  • My husband and I had a wonderful experience on the lighthouse tour. Highly recommend knowing the history and getting the most wonderful view
  • It’s the lighthouse from round the twist. What more do you need to know. Go visit!!! Time your trip right and you can even go inside.
  • Walking up the hill towards the lighthouse was a little challenging for my knees but we enjoyed the lighthouse tour nonetheless. The guide was very knowledgeable & the views from the top was amazing. Don't forget to call first & book the tour before you get there because only limited numbers of people can be taken for the tour
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