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 go inside the lighthouse, staff are awesome, the aboriginal cultural site was very informative.Phillip
Exhilarating experience, lovely views, great to visit inside the lighthouse.Jennifer