Cape Otway Lightstation, Cape Otway

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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. Add Cape Otway Lightstation and other attractions to your Cape Otway trip itinerary using our Cape Otway trip generator.
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  • Spend at least 1.5 hour here to visit all spots, including lightkeepers' hostel and the radar/telegraph station. It is very windy up on the lightstation, watchout of your cap and sunglasses. We purcha...  more »
  • Make sure you go early as we turned up at 4.35 and it was closed to enter. So rocked up the next morning. Weather was a beautiful winters morning, but no wind. Beautiful spot, oh what a great view fro...  more »
  • Had a lovely trip to Cape Otway. Fun for families and couples alike. Took mum and she has difficulty walking long distances. We did the whole tour and the light house stairs without problems (just a l...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Brilliant experience & well worth the trip out. Great views from the ground or from the top of the lighthouse. The easy walk & history within the cottage great. The wild snake an added bonus!
  • The price is not great (as many people have pointed out). But you'll get a bit of history for that price -- and I'd assume they do that to preserve the land and take care of it (it's well taken care of). I can't say much about the services because I roamed the area by myself + I didn't take lunch here. But be cautious of the price tag :)
  • Coming from Canberra to see all the wonderful things on the Great Ocean Road, we were a super disappointed family of five that the cost to see this historic place was so expensive. Due to this, we drove in the car park and turned around, and went on with our trip. Earlier in the day visited an even more spectacular light house that cost us nothing to see unless we wanted to go inside... and the only bonus to making the drive was the wild Koalas who came down to the road to say hello to us on the way in.
  • *****Way too Expensive***** but you'll probably still pay it. The lighthouse has a very interesting history and you can climb up the lighthouse and see the technical workings itself which is cool and there are great views. There's a bunch of other historical buildings to explore and a cafe with decent if overpriced food. Expect a couple of hours if you take your time. But seriously, paying $50 for a family of 4 ($20 adults/$7:50 kids) is prohibitive and despite visiting/camping in the Otways regularly for over 15 years I've always, until recently avoided paying the entrance fee and the price leaves a sour taste in my mouth. A lot of tourists visit throughout the whole of the year, even in winter, which leads me to believe that, apart from the upkeep and staff wages, the privately owned and run lighthouse is simply dictated by greed. Like I said, you'll end up there, and paying the exorbitant entry fee - it's just one of those things.