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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  • Lovely place to spend some time exploring, the view from the top of the lighthouse was breathtaking and learning about the history was very interesting. The other “points of interest” on the grounds w...  more »
  • An easy climb to the lighthouse to enjoy a great view. Learning a bit of Australian history. Enjoying an afternoon tea while enjoying a great view  more »
  • We visited the Cape Otway Lighthouse when staying in Apollo Bay. Although there were two lots of roadworks on the road into the lighthouse with lengthy delays, it was well worth the trip. Entry is mod...  more »
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  • Lovely place to walk around and explore for a couple of hours. The lighthouse stairs are very narrow (one person at a time), but the views from up top are worth it. Make sure you check out the Indigenous Cultures Meeting Hut when one of the elders is there - they have a lot of fascinating info and stories to share
  • Beautiful views ! Could have placed a note: costs a $2 coin to watch whales ! After reaching the top.. if you don't have a coin .thats it.. all this walk up was a waste !
  • Very windy!!! Entry price was a bit expensive at $19.50 per adult. Enjoyed the village layout and the native bush tucker talk from Brad at the Aboriginal Hut.
  • This place is the oldest working lighthouse. View from here is splendid. Staff is very helping and interactive. Southernmost point of australia. Take the great ocean road to reach here. Koalas can be seen on the way. Worth the money.
  • Awesome piece of history. Nice walking trail, with informative signs. E.g the Germans in ww2 layed sea mines in Bass straight. You get to climb the lighthouse. Beautiful views of Bass straight and the southern ocean.
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