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
Great views, terrific history. Wonderful day trip, excellent. Café – fantastic!Tonya & Luke
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)