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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  • The cape Schanck lighthouse is a must see if you're in the area! You can do toura of the lighthouse and keepers cottages if you like, but the scenery and the walks are the true highlight! The short wa...  more »
  • Nice little walk, well worth the small hill down to a wooded boardwalk. Lots of little books to stop and take photos or to take the beauty in. Beautiful sunsets.  more »
  • Great lighthouse to visit went touring this part of the world, tours available they take about 30 minutes and are very informative. Beautiful boardwalk to lighthouse with great views, lighthouse itsel...  more »
  • Came to visit the area on a 42 degree day, but despite the heat it was a great few hours! The walk isn't too strenuous, but there is a fair amount of walking up/down hills and stairs. The Lighthouse is worth seeing, but to me the highlight was actually walking down the boardwalk to Pulpit Rock. The stairs look really cool cutting across the landscape. It is quite windy and the water is rough! I would definitely recommend wearing shoes, because if you get off the boardwalk the beaches are pretty rocky. You can go in the water, but you will have to walk around a bit to find a nice area. Looked like quite a few people were snorkeling as well when we were visiting.
  • Absolutely amazing. It's a breath of fresh ocean breeze or rather wind. The views, the walks, the boardwalk, the whole surroundings are so peaceful and out of this hectic world. Just be careful; it can be really windy. I went end of September, it was real cold and very windy. The boardwalk down to the pulpit rock can be really shakey, so hold on to one another. If you have a baby, do not take a pram. Take a bag of snacks and lots of water. There are some picnic areas and lots of green space to relax. Toilets are near the car park which has relatively lots of spaces. Must see and do.
  • Great view of the sea. Wooden staircase takes you down the cliffs. Its windy down there near the rocks. Some people do rock fishing there. Be mindful tides can be big sometimes. At the grounds, there is lighthouse and a museum.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful for sunset photos. Be sure to bring your hat and... magical wind shield.

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