Spring into Cape Otway Lightstation these holidays

September 8, 2023 BY

Built in 1848, the Cape Otway Lighthouse has long been known as the "Beacon of Hope" in the region.

Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Cape Otway Lightstation.

With so much to discover, it is a “must-do” destination for the September school holidays.

Escape to the wild southern coastline where a unique heritage experience awaits you.

Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia and considered the most significant.

Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the “Beacon of Hope” sits 90 metres above wild Bass Strait.

Walking the Cape Otway Lightstation with family is the perfect trip to do these school holidays.


Children will love climbing to the top of the lighthouse and experiencing the incredible view.

Hundreds of lives were lost along this shipwreck coast, a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation on the cliff’s edge.

For many thousands of 19th century migrants, who spent months travelling to Australia by ship, Cape Otway was their first sight of land after leaving Europe, Asia and North America.

Today, Cape Otway Lighthouse is the highlight of the Great Ocean Road where with a short detour through the Otway National Park will lead you to the expansive heritage precinct situated on 200 acres of beautiful coastline and bushland.

A unique heritage experience awaits on the wild southern coastline.


Step back in time on a self-guided journey through the site with an array of heritage buildings including the original lightkeeper’s quarters and old workshop, 1859 telegraph station and World War II radar bunker to explore.

As you roam the grounds knowledgeable guides are happy to share the cape’s stories with history talks running throughout the day.

After exploring, enjoy a hot drink and freshly baked scones with jam and cream at the Lightkeeper’s Café.

Experience life as a lightkeeper, stay overnight in our beautifully renovated heritage accommodation in the unique Lightkeepers Cottages, which can cater for families.

Create family memories at Cape Otway Lightstation these school holidays.

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