Make memories at Cape Otway Lightstation
Cape Otway Lightstation is open to welcome you this summer.
With so much to discover, it’s perfect for a visit during the 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.
This leading attraction on the Great Ocean Road is a must-do these holidays.
Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the “Beacon of Hope” sits 90 metres above the wild Bass Strait.
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 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, enjoy our famous 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 lifelong family memories at Cape Otway Lightstation.
Head to lightstation.com for operating hours and to plan your visit.
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