Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving and most important lighthouse in mainland Australia.

Built in 1848, the lighthouse perches on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide.

Hundreds of lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway – a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation on the coast at the foot of the impenetrable forests of the Otways.

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.

Climb to the observation deck at the top of the lighthouse to enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic coast and waters, where you will get a feel for the weather of the Roaring Forties, which made this lighthouse essential for the safety of ships and their passengers.

Surrounded by the rich habitats and abundant wildlife of the Great Otway National Park, this iconic tourist attraction is the highlight of the Great Ocean Road, but there’s so much more to see and do within the Lightstation’s heritage precinct.

You can spend a whole day exploring the Whale Interpretive site, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, our historic Telegraph Station and a secret World War Two Radar Bunker.

International Lighthouse Weekend 2015

Our annual weekend of festivities celebrating the role and importance of lighthouses around the world will be held on 15th/16th August 2015.

Come and join us! Read more.


Good family experience, fun for the kids, very interesting.