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Cape Otway Lightstation - Great Ocean Walk

Great Ocean Walk

Cape Otway Lightstation is located at the heart of the Great Ocean Walk between Blanket Bay and the Aire River.

The Lightstation is a popular overnight stop with an array of quality accommodation, meal and transport packages suitable for couples or small to large groups, sleeping up to 36 people. Staff are happy to assist you in planning a walk itinerary whether it be a 2 day hike or up to a full week. The accommodation options include the original Lightkeeper’s Cottage built in 1859 which has been lovingly restored and offers great insight into the lives of our early Lightkeepers. See details below.

For the day hiker it is as an ideal hopping-off point to learn about the incredible maritime history and major shipping disasters of this treacherous stretch of coastline. Open daily from 9am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) you can climb to the top of the Lighthouse (1848), enjoy delicious meals, snacks and fresh roasted coffee in our Café and explore all that the historical precinct has to offer including an Aboriginal Cultural Centre, knowledgeable guides, Telegraph Station (1858) and World War II Radar Bunker. An entry fee does apply however a 50% discount is available to Hikers who are camping along the Great Ocean Walk and have a Parks Victoria receipt.

The 100km trail traverses the rugged coastline taking walkers on an unforgettable journey along breathtaking coastline, atop some of Australia’s tallest sea cliffs, splashing through pristine streams, along untouched beaches and into secluded campsites.

Designed as a one-way long-distance walk extending east to west, between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles near Princetown. Hikers can step on and off the trail with convenience; enjoy comfortable accommodation and excellent local meals or pitch tent at wildly picturesque campgrounds along the way.

The views are amazing, the history of this rugged region is awe-inspiring, and the magic worked by Mother Nature has to be seen to be believed. Many hikers just do a couple of sections of the walk over 2 or 3 days. For the fit and determined bushwalkers there is the opportunity to complete the eight-day seven-night walk which begins in Apollo Bay and ends at the iconic limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles.

Some of the walk is based on the track blazed by Port Phillip District Superintendent Charles Joseph La Trobe in March 1846. After the loss of almost 400 lives when the Cataraqui sank off nearby King Island, La Trobe was charged with surveying Cape Otway for the establishment of a lighthouse.

Walkers also retrace the footsteps of the first Cape Otway lightkeepers and their staff who travelled along the coastline to retrieve life-saving cargo from supply ships.

One of the best features of the walk is you can hop on and off the walk according to what you want to see, or how much time you can spare.

Special Offer for Great Ocean Walkers

Cape Otway Lightstation offers discounted entry to Great Ocean Walkers registered with Parks Victoria. Present your Great Ocean Walk Camping Receipt to our staff at the front desk and receive 50% discount at entry.

Walkers are welcome to visit and soak up stories of the site’s Indigenous and European history. Please note Cape Otway Lightstation is open every day except Christmas day, 9am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. From December 26th to January 14th, open until 6pm, last entry 5.30pm.

All that beach and hill-walking builds a fearsome appetite and walkers are welcome to enjoy a snack or meal in the Café. Staff will also pack meals for those who are keen to get back on track.

Car parking is available at the Lightstation for those who want to undertake a short or half-day hike east or west of the Cape. There is also more secure parking available within the Lightstation grounds (fees apply).

Accommodation, meal and transport packages are available at the Lightstation. Our friendly staff can arrange transfers, food and guides.

Let us help make your Great Ocean Walk not only unique, but also memorable. Contact the Lightstation for more information.

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Great Ocean Walk Accommodation & Meal Packages

Accommodation deals beginning at $60 per person twin share. The Great Ocean Walk is one of Australia’s most iconic walks and Cape Otway Lightstation is positioned right in the heart of the action!

Situated on the trail between Blanket Bay and Aire River, walkers are encouraged to drop in for a short visit, stay for a night, or base yourself here for the duration of your hike. At Cape Otway Lightstation we have a variety of accommodation, meal and transport packages to meet walkers’ needs and allow you to make the most of this outstanding walking experience.

Our POPULAR 2 night Great Ocean Walk itinerary staying in the comfort of our private accommodation including all bedding, bathroom, meals, transport shuttles and secure car parking commences from $450 per person (twin share)
Day 1: Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet and onto Cape Otway 11km
Day 2: Cape Otway to Aire River 10km
Ask us about other walking itineraries, we are happy to design a walk to meet your needs.

Accommodation and Meal Package Information

Hikers seeking clean sheets, comfy beds, electric heating, wood fires in houses, hot showers, or cooked meal options can select from a range of our unique guest accommodation starting at $60 per person twin share. Meal & Transport shuttles can be arranged at additional costs.

Hikers Rooms

$60 per person

Original Lightkeeper’s Rooms:

Bed & Breakfast

$120 per person minimum 2 people

Lightkeeper’s B&B:

Lighthouse B&B:


Min 4 people: $120 per person
5-8 people: $90 per person
9-12 people: $50 per person

Lightkeeper’s Main House (built in 1857):

Lighthouse House (this accommodation includes 4 bedrooms):

Meal Options