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Press Release: International Lighthouse Weekend 2016

Issued: 21 July 2016

CAPE Otway Lightstation is joining a worldwide party for International Lighthouse Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21.

As beacons around the globe celebrate lighthouses and the people that worked in them, the crew at Cape Otway will bring the region’s powerful stories to life.

Terrible Tragedies – short performances – about the trials and tribulations of people who once lived at the Lightstation give families an amazing insight into how tough life was for our early pioneers.

We’ve never had it so good when it comes to communication, but it’s historically been a big challenge at the Lightstation. Learn about maritime flags and how they were used to communicate between Cape Otway and passing ships, send a message to friends and family courtesy of the Morse Codian Fraternity at the Telegraph Station, and listen in as radio operators make contact with lighthouse keepers around the world.

There will be fun and games that have delighted children over the centuries like tug-o-war, toss the gumboot and sack races, plus pony rides and art activities. You can paint your own lighthouse.

And for those who enjoy great food there are Devonshire teas for the traditionalists, the Shipwreck Harvest Dinner & Ghost Tour, and the chance to taste foods prepared by Koori guides in the style of their Aboriginal ancestors and the Cape’s first people – the Gadubanud. Call into the Lightstation’s Cultural Centre to experience food prepared in handwoven baskets, damper making and try you hand at spear-throwing.

And of course for a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the Southern Ocean’s stunning coastline and back inland across the Otways there is no better viewing point than the top of the lighthouse – built in 1848.

On clear days this the perfect vantage point for spotting migratory whales such as Humpbacks and Right Whales.

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