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Cape Otway Lightstation

Australia’s most important lighthouse.


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.  

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:

  • Enjoy daily History Talks at 11am & 2pm
  • 1848 Cape Otway Lighthouse – Climb the tower. (limited to 15 people at one time)
  • 1850’s Keeper’s Quarters and Workshop
  • 1859 Telegraph Station 
  • 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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