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Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

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4.3/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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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  • The coastal walking track is a great way to get to the lighthouse and provides great views. Step Beach at the bottom of the lighthouse is worth visiting. 
  • I loved this tour! The guide was friendly and knowledgeable and kept my three children enthralled with stories of the past. The tour takes approximately 40 minutes, and the views from the top are amaz...  read more »
  • My wife, two kids and I experienced the guided tour of Split Point Lighthouse on 22 September. We are from Brisbane and were holidaying on the Great Ocean Road. Our guide was a lady named Rebecca, she...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Disappointment! Not *one* sighting of Bronson, and almost nothing weird or paranormal happened while I was there! Ripped off much? I say almost nothing cos at the cafe they were selling 'toobs' and I haven't been able to find them anywhere for yonks! But don't waste your time, unless you like 'toobs', only 1/2 of the stars in my review were for the lighthouse, the remainder for the toobs. Ps. I've never, ever felt like this.
  • Really well made flat white coffee, and warm, fresh scones. Quaint little tea room at the base of the lighthouse. Lighthouse itself has tours, and incredible views from the top. Great stretch of coastline to wander along.
  • Hidden below the red-roofed White Queen Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet is a collection of picturesque pocket beaches and rockpools beneath rugged red limestone cliffs. You can access them via the Cliff Top Walk, with terrific ocean views. The locals have quirky names for these beaches, such as Sunnymeade, Smelly, Steppe and Sandy Gully. Turquoise pools offer hours of beachcombing, whilst at one headland you’ll find ‘the grotto’ – a pretty limestone arch, home to local nesting starlings.
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