Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck

The Cape Schanck Lighthouse was built in 1859 as the second coastal lighthouse in the Australian state of Victoria. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The tower was built from limestone, it is tall. The light's focal plane is situated above sea level, the light characteristic is the Morse Code letter "N", a long signal of 10.8 seconds followed by a flash. Depending on the bearing of the light, the colours are either white (south to west sector) or red (east sector). Due to its powerful lantern of one million candela and a first order Fresnel lens, which was installed in 1915, the light has a range of 26nmi.The lighthouse was not only one of the first such buildings in Victoria, it was moreover Australia's first lighthouse tower with stone stairs. During the 1970s and 1980s the facility was restored and has since become an attraction for tourists. Today there is a museum in the old assistants' quarters. Accommodation is available in the old residences of the lighthouse keeper.
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  • Arrived for the 1030 a.m. tour of the lighthouse. Our guide was Janine and she couldn't have been more knowledgable, approachable and friendly. She answered all our questions and gave an informative t...  more »
  • We were fortunate to be there on a nice day but it was disappointing that nothing was open ie, Museum or Lighthouse  more »
  • This is a must visit place when you are in Mornington Peninsula. The view will simply take your breath away and be sure to climb the stairs down the deck all the way to the beach. But do be careful as...  more »
  • We visited Melbourne, Cape Schanck Lighthouse was not originally in our plan. The place surprisingly so beautiful. The lighthouse itself is only short walk from parking area. Pebble beach and Pulpit rock is located on eastern side of the lighthouse. There is a proper walking way down to Pebble beach and Pulpit rock (about 20 minutes walk from parking area). The place also has a very beautiful sunset scenery. Everyone in our group were very happy and will visit again.
  • The Cape Schanck Boardwalk and the surrounding walking paths offer breathtaking views of the sea and the coastal lines of the area and a beautifully located lighthouse. The walking tracks themselves are quite easy to navigate and does not require much effort. The journey takes you to a number of viewing platforms and beaches that allow amazing vistas of the surrounding areas as well as the amazing coast lines. Be sure to head down to the pebble beach and walk your way across the rocks to see amazing views of the jagged coast line and hundreds of rock pools getting continuously filled and drained by the non-stop advance and retreat of the sea.
  • When we travelled from Melbourne CBD the sky gods were rearing to pour. Luckily we got away just with short drizzle. It was a pleasant noon ride and we reached the spot at 3:30 and unfortunately we missed to go atop the light house. By now the Sun rays penetrated through the dark clouds and within an hour the sky was filled with warm sun light. It's one of the most amazing places I have been to. The rocks covered with flora and fauna, enveloped by Bass strait on the other side and the light house which was lit in 1859 stands tall overlooking the landscape.
  • Really love walking here. Little bit harder with young ones but still a great location & lookout point
  • Beautiful view of the ocean. If you're heading down to the beach. It's going to be a few minutes walk. Be sure to have water with you to quench your thirst as you head back up to the carpark.

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