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Press Release: Discovery Tours

Issued: 3 February 2008

TOUR operators around the world will soon be selling cape Otway Lightstation as a destination in its own right.

Travel agents and visitor information centres will be able to sell tourists a two hour adventure tour, including a four wheel drive foray into the Great Otway National Park, as part of the Lightkeeper Coastal Discovery Tours from March.

Geared to take tourists off the beaten track and to immerse them in the natural and man-made history of the Cape, the tour will include koala-spotting and sites of significance to the early lightkeepers.

The tour will take in the Parker River inlet, a difficult landing point for infrequent lighthouse supplies, and the site where huge stone blocks were quarried for the 1848 lighthouse.

Tourists will also visit Blanket Bay where the stone chimney ruins of a lighthouse storage shed stand in the dunes, and the rotting timbers of a jetty built to service the Lightstation.

After scones, jam, cream and a pot of tea or coffee in the Lightkeeper’s CafĂ©, the guided tour will continue in the Lightstation grounds – including a climb to the top of the lighthouse, the Telegraph Station and World War Two radar bunker.

The tour package, which can be extended with meals and accommodation in the historic lightkeepers’ cottages, will be $35.95 for adults, $32.95 for concessions and $20.95 for children.

Mr Thompson said he expected the tours to be particularly popular with international tourists who were keen to experience an off-road adventure.

It would also hold appeal to domestic tourists who wanted to experience more than the standard Great Ocean Road attractions, and history buffs who wanted a full appreciation of the logistical nightmares early lightkeepers faced.

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