Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

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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  • October 5, 2017
    As you turn into the parking area your focus is on the lighthouse but take the time to walk along the beach out onto the outer beach that has close up views that are spectacular of the powerful waves ...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    A nice place to stop and take a few picks. Tours which allow you to go to the top of the Lighthouse are $40 a family.  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Was raining when we went, and we didn't do the tour but still worthwhile stopping here to view the lighthouse and read all about its history from the info boards nearby.  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    I love it here. Have been to this lighthouse so many times. It's not hard to get to. And a short walk from the parking spot. You can even go up to the top of the lighthouse, on a guided tour or an express tour Guided tour is $12. Behind the lighthouse you can then check out Eagle Rock and go for a walk a bit further down it's a beautiful spot here
  • July 16, 2017
    Loved this tour. Very informative and really exciting to climb to the top of the lighthouse. Took my kids up and they had a great time.
  • July 6, 2017
    Very famous lighthouse in the region. Marvellous views to the ocean. Ample parking. Easy access. Ideal for a day out in the towns nearby.
  • July 7, 2017
    Highly recommend this scenic spot. Beautiful views along the coastlines. The light is quite beautiful, but the view is to die for.
  • July 19, 2017
    Who doesn't like a lighthouse? It's the closest one you will see along the Great Ocean Road.

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