International Lighthouse Weekend celebrates lighthouses and the people that worked in them.
It’s held every year on the 3rd weekend in August and involves lighthouses & lightships from all around the world.
Come an join us – there’s plenty to do for all the family.
Tremendous presentation by staff on history. Very Picturesque. Large open spaces so doesn’t feel crowded.Stewart
Excellent, fascinating, saw whales!Margot
Shipwreck Harvest Dinner & Ghost Tour
Saturday 5:30pm – Grounds & Lightkeeper’s Café
Tour the Lightstation grounds and hear about paranormal activity (5:30pm).
The Shipwreck Harvest Dinner, prepared by our own in-house chef, Paul Ivelja, will be served at 7pm in the historic Lightkeeper’s Café – formally the Assistant Lightkeeper’s Quarters. Enjoy a great night with Irish music and dancing.
Bookings essential. Tickets ($65, children 14 & under $25).
Saturday 2pm – Indigenous Cultural Centre
Our Cultural Guide, Brad West, will be showcasing a traditional cooking method using a handmade woven Lomandra Grass Basket at the Indigenous Cultural Centre.
Baby Snapper will be prepared with Coastal Saltbush, Mountain Pepper Berry, Native Rosemary & Warrigal Greens and cooked in the Lomandra Basket.
Saturday & Sunday (20th/21st August 2016)
- Self-guided Tours – entire Lightstation grounds including Telegraph Station, World War Two Radar Bunker, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, cemetery, and climb to the top of the 1848 Lighthouse.
- Characters of the Cape – Mary Ann Ford, Rose Ann Hyland, Henry Ford and our own experienced Lightkeepers will be roaming the grounds to share our history and stories of times gone by.
- Terrible Tragedies – take a journey with one of the Cape’s true personalities and experience what life was like for the early settlers of the area.
- Entertainment – pull up a chair in front of the fire and enjoy the afternoon listening to the gentle sounds of Irish ballads while taking in the amazing view across the Southern Ocean.
- For the Kids – paint your own lighthouse, games from yesteryear (toss the gumboot, egg & spoon, sack race, tug-of-war), face painting, and pony rides.
- Bush Tucker – with a traditional Indigenous cooking demonstration, spear throwing and damper making.
- Koori Culture Experience – native plants & their uses, interpretation of the Billabong and Koori culture at the Indigenous Cultural Centre.
- Whale Watching – whales are often seen off Cape Otway at this time of year.
- Morse Code – Peter Shaw from the Morse Codian Fraternity will be on hand in the Telegraph Station to send your messages around the world.
- Radio Operators – communicating with lighthouses around the world from the Telegraph Station.
- Spinners – three local Spinners will be spinning raw fleece in the original Lighthouse Workshop (11am-2pm).
- Food – available all day in the Lightkeeper’s Café; lunch and tastings of Lightkeeper’s jams & preserves; or tuck into a famous Otway Burger.
Regular entrance fees apply for International Lighthouse Weekend, but if you buy a ticket on Saturday, you can return on Sunday for free.
Dinner bookings are essential. Tickets available from the Lightstation (03 5237 9240)