Cape Otway Lightstation, Cape Otway

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Went to see the light house. Opening hours are meant to be to 5pm however we arrive at 4.30pm and the door was being shut practically in our face. Long drive to see nothing. If you intend to go, go ea...  read more »
  • We had a fantastic visit to the Cape Otway Lightstation in September 2016. We have visited lighthouses is may places. What was impressive about Cape Otway is that this lighthouse was the first beacon ...  read more »
  • This is a magic place. Very interesting scenic peaceful. You can either walk to the lighthouse from Bimbi Park or take you car its not far 
  • Absolutely beautiful. Pricey to get in, but well worth it if you take the time to apprecaite all that this site has to offer.
  • I'm lighthouse spotting again. This time is the Otway Lightstation nested at the tip of the Otway National Park. It overlooks and guards the Bass Straits and Southern Ocean, towering above a majestic cliff. Watch the wonders of the Cape from here! The Cape Otway Lighthouse is Australia’s most famous, oldest and still working lighthouse. Sitting on the clifftop at the tip of Cap Otway, the lighthouse is a sight of beauty. The entire area is beautiful and you can spend the day just enjoying the view, the scenery, the sun as the grounds where the lighthouse operates today contain many other attractions. This was one of the lighthouse that I really wanted to see, and should not be missed on the great road trip on this storied road. I simply love it. The breathtaking view of the Bass Straits from the top of the lighthouse. You can’t come all the way here and not climb up those steep winding stairs to catch this. Watch for your hats, sunglasses, etc though. The wind was incredibly moody on the day I climb it, could have easily be blown off the railing! Other than the lighthouse, there’s plenty of things to see on the grounds itself. One of the best places to start is the Telegraph Station, built to house the operations of the first submarine telegraph cable in Australia. It’s a beautiful villa where you can learn more about life on the Cape once upon a time. At the reception to the light station, pick up the Kids Guide, which offers fun educational activities for kids that allow them to immerse themselves into the history of Cape Otway. One of the more interesting activity was the contest to decipher the secret message on the flagstaff. I stood here. And I tried it. And I failed. Oh well. Scones and tea? Assistant Lightkeepers’ Residence & Cafe is a great place to perch yourself to enjoy afternoon tea overlooking Cape Otway and the lighthouse.
  • It's a beautiful lighthouse and there is also a cafe close by. However there is an entrance fee of $20 to get inside the area (cafe / lighthouse are inside the paid zone). I think it was well worth the drive and the price. Amazing view overall!! Must see if you are doing the great ocean drive.
  • The frittata at the cafe was good. Coffee was average but the view of the lighthouse from the window seats was stunning (especially on a rainy, wintry day)
  • Bit pricey. Friends of ours who came a while ago said it use to be free. Are these people volunteers or paid staff. Sounds like money is paying their wages. Goolwa cockle train is run by volunteers and is worth paying as the money all goes for its up keep.
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