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Press Release: International Lighthouse Weekend

Issued: 2 August 2005

CAPE Otway is joining 370 lightstations across 51 countries to celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend with a programme packed with good food, wine, live theatre, historical re-enactments, book-readings….. and much more.

The fun begins on Friday, August 19, with a sunset tour of mainland Australia’s oldest surviving lightstation, built in 1848.

The stunning sea-cliffs, where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean, are the perfect backdrop for a Wine Maker’s Dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Otway Estate will host a four-course meal matched with four wines on Friday, August 19, and Redrock Winery will host the dinner on Saturday, August 20.

And what better way to relax after a beautiful meal, than take in some live theatre.

Verity Laughton’s The Light Keeper, is an absorbing tale of an ancient mariner-turned light keeper. The award-winning play stars Ian Scott. Bookings are essential for this enthralling production which will be staged four times during the weekend.

Live theatre continues over the weekend with the Colonial Infantry Brigade and Heritage Police who enthusiastically sack the station’s very first lightkeeper – a man who indulges in liquor and bad manners.

Author Peter Hill will read from his book Stargazing: Memoirs of a young Lighthouse Keeper at midday on August 20 and 21.

Forget emails and text messages, you can get in touch with friends and family around the globe with an old-fashioned telegraph, tapped out in Morse code, at the historic Telegraph Station in the lighthouse grounds.

You can meet the Cape Otway weatherman and find out all about the wild weather conditions which sent dozens of ships aground on this treacherous coast.

Special events are planned for children throughout the weekend.

Kids get a thrill climbing up to the top of the lighthouse to see the giant lens, looking for whales from the observation deck and spotting koalas sunning themselves on the tree-tops.

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