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Cape Otway Lightstation

Australia’s most important lighthouse.


Spend time with our guides at the Talking Hut and learn about native plants and the history of the First Peoples of Cape Otway.


So many things to do.


Spectacular ocean views, glorious sunsets, close encounters.

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We are open Friday, Saturday and Sundays 10AM – 4.30PM (last entry 4pm) for the month of October

As per current restrictions our Heritage Precinct is open with no access inside heritage buildings (including Lighthouse).

Cafe and gift shop are open with history talks running throughout the day – reduced entry fees apply with free entry for children under 16.

Our accommodation is open 7 nights a week and can be booked here.

Amazing views. Amazing history.

Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia and considered the most significant. This leading attraction on the Great Ocean Road is a must for all visitors.

Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of Hope,’ sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait.

Hundreds of lives were lost along this shipwreck coast – a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation on the cliffs edge.

For many thousands of 19th century migrants, who spent months travelling to Australia by ship, Cape Otway was their first sight of land after leaving Europe, Asia and North America.

 Entry Fees apply. 

  • OPEN FRIDAY- SUNDAY IN OCTOBER  Closed Christmas day

General Admission includes:

A self-guided experience to explore the following, with our history guides at the Lighthouse and at the Aboriginal Talking Hut to share our stories:

  • Enjoy daily History Talks at 11am & 2pm (limited to 10 people)
  • Native Plant Talks at 12noon and 3pm (limited to 10 people)
  • 1848 Cape Otway Lighthouse – as per current restrictions -no interior access at present
  • 1850’s Keepers Quarters and Workshop – as per current restrictions -no interior access at present
  • 1859 Telegraph Station -as per current restrictions -no interior access at present
  • The Talking Hut – as per current restrictions -no interior access at present
  • WWII Radar Bunker
  • Whale Interpretation Site
  • Lightkeeper’s Cafe 10am – 4pm
  • Souvenir Shop

Hours: 10am – 4.30pm (last entry at 4pm)


Due to restricted access to buildings on site we have heavily discounted our entrance fee to our heritage precinct for the duration of stage 3 restrictions. 

Keep your ticket and use it again for discount against your next visit! Just pay the difference! 


Adult: $19.50 / Child: $7.50 / Family: (2 Adults 4 children) $49.50 / Concession: $17.50

Pre-school Children: FREE

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Special Tours

Discover all that the Lightstation has to offer with specialised group tours.

School Excursions

Experience learning at its best by booking your school group in for one of our exciting excursions.

Tour Group Packages

Tailor your experience with a personalised tour group package.

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