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Press Release: International Lighthouse Weekend

Issued: 1 June 2006

CAPE Otway is joining hundreds of lighthouses across dozens of countries to celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend with a programme packed with family fun on August 19, 20 and 21.

Kids can play lightkeeper during a tour of mainland Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse, built in 1848, which is just off the Great Ocean Road and just half an hour’s drive from Apollo Bay.

The towering sea-cliffs, where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean, are a stunning backdrop for an action-packed weekend with teamwork games, and a hilarious Heritage Police re-enactment of the sacking of the first lightkeeper.

Children are invited to discover just how the giant stones, used to build the lighthouse, were moved by labourers in the days before cranes and dump trucks.

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 Lightstation 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. From this great vantage point you can spot whales. Koalas can be seen sunning themselves in the tree-tops.

For more details see www.lightstation.com or phone the Cape Otway Lightstation on 03 5237 9240.

For more pictures, details of the weekend, or interviews contact Lightstation manager Paul Thompson on 03 5237 9240.

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