Cape Otway Lightstation, Cape Otway

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Visit the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia, Cape Otway Lightstation. An iconic highlight of the Great Ocean Road, the lighthouse was built in 1848 without mortar or cement. Walk to the adjoining Telegraph Station to see 250 km (155 mi) undersea telegraph cable laid in 1859. For history buffs, be sure to explore a radar bunker built by Americans in 1942, which now commemorates the lost lives of shipwrecked travelers. To reach the site, take a short detour from the Great Ocean Road through the forest and watch for koalas in their natural habitat. To visit Cape Otway Lightstation on your trip to Cape Otway, use our Cape Otway travel route planner.
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  • Visited early in the morning well before the tourist buses. A beautiful and interesting spot with a large chunk of history thrown in. Informed and chatty staff. A more pleasant pace to visit the the T...  more »
  • The top is interesting with the informative guide able to answer any question you can throw at the gentleman. Makes you realise the toughness of the inhabitants and isolation. The cottage serves hot o...  more »
  • Visiting this lighthouse was part of our tour to see the twelve apostles. Its beautiful and listening to the story from the person in the top of the lighthouse was very interesting. Great picture oppo...  more »
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  • Very interesting place to discover history and even more if you like lighthouses, you can enter it and get upstairs (which is almost never possible). Interesting too the telegraph house with an imitation of a working telegraph (which is running telling you a message that you have to decrypt!)
  • We bought tickets for 19,50 per person. Light house is beautiful and well looked after, but if you go to look inside, member of staff will rush you to go quickly around and get out from there. We did not have much time to take pictures or take proper look at lantern and light mechanism. Lady was trying to give us some historical information, but we felt that she was probably told to rush people away for another people coming up the stairs. I understand that it is very small space so they need to get people in and out pretty quickly, but if there would be another member of staff waiting downstairs and letting only small groups of people in, this would not be such an issue. After light house we visited cultural site of Indigenous people and we really enjoyed this part. Man doing excursion gave us pretty good insight into history and also into life style of Indigenous people and this was quite a big highlight for us on this trip. We had small discussion with him after excursion and we really enjoyed it and he also gave us plenty of tips where to visit next. Overall, light house is beautiful and cultural site is thumb up, but we did not feel at the end that it was worth of money just because we felt rushed and not very welcomed in light house. Souvenir part is absolute rip off!
  • Very spread out. Alot of walking, with unmarked paths. Not suitable for elderly, disabled or assistance needed people. Occasionally hard to navigate, Or know where you should or shouldn't enter buildings.Little detail through out, everything seemed bare. No communication when it comes to climbing the light house with people travelling up and down. Cafe was crowded and poorly planned. Very pricey for so little.
  • A great view of and from the lighthouse. Loved the walk to Aborginal Talking Hut and had a nice discussion with the gentleman at the hut regarding indigenous cultures.
  • Not sure if it is worth it. Lots of review online about the need to visit. Beautiful sights. Saw a person flying drone but was stopped. So be warned! No Drones

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