Australia's most significant lighthouse
CAPE Otway Lightstation is the oldest, surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. The light, which has been in continuous operation since 1848, is perched on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide.
For thousands of immigrants, after many months at sea, Cape Otway was their first sight of land after leaving Europe.
Highlight of the Great Ocean Road
Wild Waters, Wrecks, Wires & War
The iconic lighthouse is the highlight of the Great Ocean Road, but there's so much more to see and do within the Lightstation grounds.
Take a short detour from the Great Ocean Road through magnificent forests where you are guaranteed to see koalas.
Hundreds of lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway - a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation in the foothills of the impenetrable forests of the Otways.
Australia's first submarine cable link was laid between Cape Otway and Launceston in 1859. The Telegraph Station has been meticulously restored.
A radar bunker, built in 1942 after a United States ship was sunk by a German mine off Cape Otway, has been newly renovated.
The Lightstation precinct is the traditional home of the Gadabanud people. Discover more about this isolated but resourceful Aboriginal clan.
You can immerse yourself in the extraordinary history of the lighthouse keepers, watch whales at play, and soak up the natural beauty of the Cape for a few hours, a day, or stay a while in our heritage accommodation.
The Lightstation is at the heart of the Great Ocean Walk - if you'd like to explore off the beaten track check out our Lightkeeper's Shipwreck Discovery Tour.