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 Cape Schanck, at the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The 21 metres (69 ft) tall tower was built from limestone. The light's focal plane is situated 100 metres (330 ft) 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 26 nmi (48 km).

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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  • A very short easy walk from the car park. Plenty of grassed areas for a picnic. Tours available. The gates close late in day. The lookout past the lighthouse offers amazing views as well. 
    A very short easy walk from the car park. Plenty of grassed areas for a picnic. Tours available. The gates close late in day. The lookout past the lighthouse offers amazing views as well.  more »
  • Very scenic and a good walk. Lots of steps and you can't bring your dog. Still worth a visit as it's a great spot with some good views. 
    Very scenic and a good walk. Lots of steps and you can't bring your dog. Still worth a visit as it's a great spot with some good views.  more »
  • The closest and most popular historic and sonic place for Melbourne, less than one hour from MelbourneBaysie at Airbnb 
    The closest and most popular historic and sonic place for Melbourne, less than one hour from MelbourneBaysie at Airbnb  more »
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  • A lovely walk but can be extremely windy. The stairs and boardwalk leading to the Cape are a bit challenging in the wind - hang on to the railing. Great spot to walk in the surrounding bushland with many hikes of varying difficulty. Definitely worth a trip down to experience the rugged coastline and beautiful views. Public Toilets are available at the car park. Bring your own water. Recommend taking a jacket even on warmer days as the weather can turn quite quickly. Carry your own water and snacks.
  • We came for the lighthouse but were blown away by the walk down to Pebble Beach! Absolutely stunning views and so much fun for children to explore too, over 3 can walk it no problems! Great that there were toilets too.
  • Great walk!! Very scenic, nice mix of bushland and beach. Pretty easy for the most part, although there are sections with stairs going down, which means they're uphill on the way back! But you can limit yourself to the flat bits if your knees aren't up to it and get some dramatic views of the lighthouse and waves.
  • Was great but didn't expect the lighthouse tours to only be on certain days as that wasn't advertised anywhere just on a paper on the window of the lighthouse. Super windy so rug up and was great sights and walks to do beautiful views and large car park clean toilet facilities and pincin tables. Large open grass area if a picnic blanket option is more your thing
  • Was one of the best trails and the view at the end is magnificent!!.. it was quite challenging in especially 2 areas where there are very steep steps so you just need to stop and catch your breath .. otherwise be careful of the roots. Mind you we 5 ladies aren’t the fittest but felt so satisfied at completing the round trip in 2.25 hours.

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