Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck

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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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  • You know you're heading to rugged location but for a first time visitor it is hard to imagine what will greet you. We strolled through the national park of some of the shorter trails and then into the...  more »
  • We didn't go on the lighthouse tour, we just walked around and had a look at the amazing views. The rocks here are black and quite interesting. It was definitely good exercise, but be warned, there ar...  more »
  • Lovely walk down to the lighthouse viewing area. Just looking from the cliffs out to the horizon made me just imagine how far "down-under" we had traveled, as we were at the lowest point on mainland A...  more »
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  • Although we didn't pay for the lighthouse tour (meaning you can't get near it), the walk down to the headlands is well worth it. Can be challenging at times for those less fit as it's steep both ways, but the views are fantastic and once you get to the end there's a beach where the ways washing over the rocks make a sound like fireworks as the water goes back out to sea.
  • Everytime you go, you will find diffirent beautiful thing.
  • A perfect experience here for those who love lighthouses. This is a very pretty light and well kept.
  • Really worth the side trip. Incredible views of the ocean from the boardwalk.
  • We stayed in Museum Cottage. The accommodation is simple and basic. The location simply wonderful. Expect a quiet invigorating experiece. We were lucky enough to experience a lightning storm while there. Amazing.