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 for all visitors. Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of Hope,’ sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait, offering awesome views.
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.
The experience is like stepping back in time with an array of heritage buildings including the Original Lightkeepers Quarters and Workshop built in 1848, Telegraph Station 1859 and WW2 Radar Bunker. Other features on offer when you visit include the Lightkeepers Café and Souvenir Shop and accommodation is also available where you can stay in the unique Lightkeepers Cottages, all self-contained and catering for couples, families and groups.
As you roam the grounds knowledgeable guides are happy to share the Cape’s stories. History talks and bush tucker talks at the Aboriginal Talking Hut are offered daily. The Lightstation precinct is centrally situated in Gadabanud country and the guides provide an understanding of a rich ancient and continuing culture.
Open seven days a week with lighthouse tours held daily from 9am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)