Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck

#4 of 12 in Sightseeing in Mornington Peninsula
Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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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  • Was there when the sun was setting, so we had a glimpse of the sun ray and the light house working.... The rest is based on imagination where you just have to look at the ocean and imagine how the lig...  more »
  • Nice find. Free entry and easy to park the car. Toilets available. We walked away from the lighthouse and the views were lovely. We rounded a bend and saw the boardwalk going down the rocky cliff face...  more »
  • We do have some beautiful scenic wonders in Australia, and Cape Schanck is just another example of this. I was delightfully surprised with how raw, rugged and captivating Cape Schanck is. There is a s...  more »
  • 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.
  • This lighthouse at Cape Schanck is special to me and brings back fond memories. Growing up in a boarding school in Madras, India I spent eight years looking up at a similar towering one-eyed behemoth that cast it’s super raybeam over the Bay of Bengal and the city. As a curious child I wondered what it would be like in there. Turn the clock 30 years forward and I did get inside the Cape Schanck Lighthouse. It was fulfilling.
  • One of my favourite place in Victoria! Summer swimming at the rockpools is the best!
  • Went with family for Junior rangers yesterday. Great experience. Rangers Tash & Stephen are clearly passionate and dedicated caretakers of this splendid site. Long may they share their enthusiasm with all who visit.
  • Nice place to visit. Sadly no tours of the lighthouse and the museum was not open when we were there (Jan 2017). Nice walks/trails around to explore as well.