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. Add Cape Otway Lightstation and other attractions to your Cape Otway trip itinerary using our Cape Otway trip generator.
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  • The family went there just in time before a storm was coming. We reached the lighthouse and what a windy and perfect view of the Bass strait. We entered the house where all the history of ships that p...  more »
  • We visited this site. The main shock is the price $20 an adult! This seems hard to believe. We did pay the fee and stayed about 45 mins looking around. Lovely lady in the lighthouse who was informativ...  more »
  • The lighthouse is secondary /incidental for most people ie there are other lighthouses along the road which provide the same scenic photos .What this trip provides is a certain chance to see KOALAS in...  more »
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  • Wonderful historical and cultural lighthouse. We visited during school holidays and yet it wasn't crowded. Lots of space to have a wander around taking in the beautiful sights and sounds. We were given a map on arrival and after seeing the view from the top of the lighthouse wandered around using the map. Really recommend the Aboriginal cultural food talk. Very friendly, funny and knowledgeable guide who let us smell or taste the native plants he was discussing. Lots of historical signs in the buildings and was interesting to read and see. Also visited the Cafe and had an amazing vegie curry from the specials board. Lovely friendly staff too!
  • Sights are wonderful. Cafe, ordered my lunch got it and it was cold took it back to then see the person in the kitchen using there hands to put it into another bowl which didn't bother me until i noticed the did not have gloves on . Therefore i would recommend taking your own food as it was so overpriced as well.
  • Cape Otway, one of the pit stops for our great ocean road trip. Me and my gal (both chinese) had already been shocked by the open discrimination/ racism most Australians practice in Melbourne and Sydney.. We had been called "chinks" in public, the Australian cashier chided at me: "hey, dude you from the Vietnam war?" and the others in line were giggling... This was a huge culture shock for myself and my gal. Anyway, back to my story, Cape Otway's lighthouse keeper was very kind. He was friendly and nice. This was enough to keep the rest of our day, happy. Cape Otway, must go location, beautiful and amazing in my opinion. Desmond (tourist from Southeast Asia)
  • Nice place , 50$ per head ticket which is expensive. Not much to do, it can be an ideal place to build bigger museum or may be replica of a pirate ship can make real difference. It is a very long drive to reach there.
  • $20 per person fee to get in is a bit steep for what you get. Getting to go to the top of the lighthouse is cool but there's not a whole lot else on offer here.