Warm up to the wild winter side of Cape Otway Lightstation
Winter is a spectacular time to see historic Cape Otway Lightstation in all its untamed glory.
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 perches on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide. Climb to the top of the tower and experience the exhilarating power of the crashing Southern Ocean from 90 metres above sea level.
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.
Step back in time on a self-guided journey through the site with an array of heritage buildings including the Original Lightkeepers Quarters and Old Workshop, Telegraph Station 1859 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, warm up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and fresh homemade scones in the Lightkeepers Café.
Experience life as a Lightkeeper and spend a cozy night in our unique and beautifully renovated heritage accommodation in the Lightkeepers Cottages. There is a range of accommodation styles to suit couples, families and groups.
Rug up and explore Cape Otway Lightstation these winter school holidays.
Head to lightstation.com for operating hours and to plan your visit.
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