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Cape Otway Lightstation

Australia’s most important lighthouse.


Spend time with our guides at the Meeting Hut and learn about native plants and our rich, ancient and continuing culture.


So many things to do.

Image by Sharon Crafter.


Spectacular ocean views, glorious sunsets, close encounters.

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 We are closed – look forward to seeing you post lockdown!  

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. 

  • Closed Christmas day

General Admission includes:

A self-guided experience to explore the following, plus your chance to meet our guides at the top of 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
  • 1850’s Keepers Quarters and Workshop
  • 1859 Telegaph Station
  • The Talking Hut
  • WWII Radar Bunker
  • Whale Interpretation Site
  • Lightkeeper’s Cafe 9am – 4pm
  • Souvenir Shop

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


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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