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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 10am -5pm (last entry 4.30pm) – please bring your facemask with you in order to climb the tower.

Buy tickets onsite at our ticketing kiosk or online. No booking is necessary as all tickets are self -guided. Our guides are onsite all day and our talks run throughout the day. 

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 EVERY DAY –   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 history:

  • 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 – Climb the tower. (limited to 10 people at one time, possible waits)
  • 1850’s Keeper’s Quarters and Workshop
  • 1859 Telegraph Station 
  • The Talking Hut
  • WWII Radar Bunker
  • Whale Interpretation Site
  • Lightkeeper’s Cafe 10am – 4pm
  • Souvenir Shop

Hours: 10am – 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm)


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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