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Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck
Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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.Put Cape Schanck Lighthouse and other Cape Schanck attractions into our Cape Schanck vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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I think we picked the worst day to visit the light house, the wind was incredible saying that the area was clean and is very accessible will go back on a nicer day
Nice walk with amazing views thru the coast.Was extremely windy which gave that feeling of being a bit dangerous thru the stairs that lead to the rocky beach which is perfect for the most adventurous ... read more »
A must see. This area is beautiful with great walks. All very well signed. Great whatever the weather
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.
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.
This location is amazing for stargazing on a clear night. Although the lighthouse light is super bright it's not that big of an issue. At the south most point of the Mornington peninsula it's as dark as you'll get this close to Melbourne.
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