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Discover Cape Otway Lightstation

Explore Cape Otway Lightstation

A visit to Cape Otway Lightstation is a must-do heritage experience for any Victorian road trip. With over 175-years of history, 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 for all visitors. Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of Hope,’ sits 90 metres above wild Bass Strait.

Hundreds of lives were lost along this shipwreck coast, a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation on the cliffs 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 WW2 Radar Bunker to explore. As you roam the grounds knowledgeable guides will share the Cape’s stories with history talks running throughout the day.

After exploring, enjoy a coffee and our famous fresh scones with jam and cream at the Lightkeeper’s Café.

For a unique experience, stay overnight in our beautifully renovated heritage accommodation in the Lightkeepers Cottages, suitable for couples, families, and groups.

Discover Cape Otway Lightstation.

Visit the website for operating hours and to plan your visit!

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Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway