Cape Otway Lightstation

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Cape Otway Lightstation
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lighthouses • Scenic Walking Areas
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Climb to the top of the tower and enjoy amazing views 90 metres above the ocean. Built in 1848 the Lighthouse is the oldest remaining lighthouse on mainland Australia. Discover the important role of the Telegraph Station built in 1859. Learn of the role of the Radar Bunker protecting this coast in WWII. A range of accommodation suiting couples, families/groups is also available.
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kerriannsmith
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Friends
Very disappointing that you can't even get to the base or precinct of the Lighthouse for a simple look when it's closed for tours. Many of us had driven up despite the.Tours Closed sign because we wanted to see the historic Lighthouse in its setting. Distant views of its top over bushes was not good enough. Plus. If open the entry fee of $20 is ridiculous
Written 17 June 2022
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Gill808
Tasmania, Australia347 contributions
Unfortunately we visited on a Wednesday and like 20 other cars that were there despite it being the middle of winter we were very disappointed that we had made the 25km return journey to an attraction that was closed. We later discovered that the website published closures, but we did not see any information at the start of the access road or at the attraction itself saying why it was closed or when it would be open. It should not be too difficult to erect signage especially when it is being closed again for weeks on end later in June. Just putting such info on the website is discourteous and lazy - not everyone does their research electronically. At least there was a sign saying lookout and cemetery. But these too were a huge disappointment. The lookout offers a glimpse of the top of the lighthouse from at least 750 metres away. Don’t bother. As for the cemetery we obviously went the wrong way at an unsigned T junction with the Ocean Walk track and did not find it. Why have a sign at the start of the track but not further direction at a T junction? We have visited lighthouses all over Australia but this is the first time we have encountered one which was locked up and hidden away behind huge gates. It is on public land. Disappointingly we and many others who were there that day left feeling the public was anything but welcome.
Written 9 June 2022
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Barb C
Geelong, Australia542 contributions
Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff. We live in Geelong and had never been to this historical precinct before and we learned so much. Well maintained grounds and information talks available, or you can DIY walk with an informative map. There was not a breath of wind and blue skies when we visited (very unusual!) yet the water was still quite wild and powerful. A trip back in time. Check opening hours online for the lightstation and the small cafe on the day you go, as it’s usually closed Monday and Tuesdays. The cafe serves delicious, baked on site Devonshire teas (scones are amazingly huge!) Go early as they sell out quickly. Highly recommended.
Written 25 May 2022
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sachiesachie
109 contributions
Friends
A middle-of-the-road semi-curated self-guided experience that offers a low return on the $19.50 entry fee.
Clearly understaffed and struggling to find its feet post-COVID, many visitors bemoaned the cafe being closed as there are zero options nearby and the ticket office only had soft drinks and ice creams on offer.
The light station is attractive and nestled in a beautiful and wild location but I’d personally recommend going to Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet (of ‘Round the Twist’ fame) where there is plenty of Great Ocean Road landscape to see for free and where entrance to the lighthouse is $10. Also there are the world’s best toasted sandwiches at the Lighthouse Tea Rooms next door.
Written 3 May 2022
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excess5
Australia2,364 contributions
Friends
Don’t go. It’s a wasted time of 12 km each way from the ocean road and the property is fenced and gated you can’t even have a glimpse to the lighthouse unless you pay the $20 entry/fine per person
And then you can’t drive in, you have to walk it to make it there. So you are going to waste at least one and a half hours of your valuable time to see, well, a light house!
Went there more than 10 years ago and there were no gated you could drive close to the lighthouse and if you wanted to go in you had to buy a ticket. Not anymore. So you either pay to see some or you wasted 24 km to see nothing
Extremely disappointed.
Written 18 April 2022
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Hi Excess It sounds like you may have been confused as to which Lighthouse you were visiting, and have left us a negative review without actually entering the site. Our ticket prices, operating hours and visitor information for our 200 acre Lightstation Heritage Precinct can be viewed via our website. Our extensive precinct comprises of a number of significant heritage buildings, interpretative exhibits and of course, the Lighthouse itself. Most visitors spend anything from 1- 3 hours exploring the site and the ticket allows you to climb the Lighthouse tower also. Due to the location of the Lighthouse on the cliff top, the area has been gated for over 20 years with no vehicle access to the general public past the car park at the front. It is then a 500m walk to the Lighthouse. We would recommend that visitors check out our website and plan their visit before driving out to see us to get the most out of your trip as our opening hours also vary.
Written 25 April 2022
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Somajey
Greater Sydney, Australia43 contributions
There is a small charge to visit this place, but it is well worth it. The Lighthouse is well maintained and can walk to the top platform.
Written 27 January 2022
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SV
Melbourne, Australia99 contributions
Couples
Deeply disappointed to find this closed and the lighthouse locked behind gates and hidden behind a hill. Apparently national property, which I believe this lighthouse is, are only able to be viewed after paying a hefty fee upon appointment. Why is the lighthouse all but invisible from anywhere else? What is your excuse for massive gates miles from the lighthouse? Total disappointment!
Written 7 January 2022
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Hi Honey B I am sorry that you did not take the time to check our opening hours or to read our road signage before driving out to the Lighthouse. We are also disappointed that you decided to leave this negative review of Cape Otway Lightstation without actually experiencing it or even finding out what we have to offer onsite. We advise our visitors to check out our website before arrival and to plan your visit. The Lighthouse is situated in the centre of a nationally significant 200 acre heritage precinct along with a number of other buildings and structures that make up the precinct. Our reasonable entrance fees cover the cost of entry to the precinct including but not limited to the lighthouse, Telegraph Station, WWII Radar Bunker, Old Workshop. Your entrance fee also goes toward the considerable costs of maintaining such an extensive heritage complex, restoration of heritage buildings, historical research and interpretative displays and employment of local staff.
Written 24 January 2022
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Jo SB
Melbourne, Australia867 contributions
A self-guided experience to explore the following for the price of $19.50 (adult).

- 1848 Cape Otway Lighthouse
- Climb the Lighthouse
- 1850’s Keepers Quarters and Workshop
- 1859 Telegraph Station
- WWII Radar Bunker

It will take around an hour to finish the whole experience. Great place to explore the Lighthouse and climb it. Fantastic view from the top, and very picturesque.

The staff are friendly and answer your questions.
Written 4 January 2022
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Jun Wu
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Family
We had the best holiday retreat staying in the lighthouse lodge. The view and setting are stunning yet private. So peaceful and close to nature. This is perfect for a family stay as there is something for everyone! The staff is friendly.
Written 31 December 2021
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Hi Liz Thank you for your lovely comments! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time staying in our heritage accommodation! We agree it really is a magical place.
Written 3 January 2022
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia11,353 contributions
This place closed a few months ago due to lack of customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

My wife and I drove here to go hiking along the coastal hiking trail. We walked several kilometers to enjoy the scenic views, sunshine and physical exercise.

After six lockdowns in Melbourne during the pandemic, it was good to be out and about in Nature reserves.
Written 25 November 2021
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