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Our operating hours are changing. From July 1st you must pre-book your spot online before your visit. Spaces are limited so please book your tour early to avoid disappointment. No walk up tickets will be available. For more information, click here.

Tales of the Cape

Intriguing stories of how it all began.

Be inspired by the rich and intruiging history of the Cape Otway Lightstation, those who lived and worked there and the surrounding area.

 

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Cataraqui Disaster: Cape Otway Light is born

Cataraqui Disaster: Cape Otway Light is born

Incredibly remote and extremely difficult to access, why was Cape Otway chosen as the best site for a lighthouse? When the emigrant ship Cataraqui founded on jagged rocks about 140 meters from the shores of King Island on the 4th of August 1845, authorities decided it...

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The wreck of Eric the Red

The wreck of Eric the Red

The Eric the Red was a wooden, three masted ship built in Maine, USA. She left New York in June 1880 destined for Melbourne and Sydney carrying the exhibits for the Melbourne Exhibition, 3000 tons of general cargo, two passengers and a crew of twenty four. Eighty five...

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Washed up on shore

Washed up on shore

Due to the frequent storms and strong currents around Cape Otway we often see unusual objects washed up on the shoreline. The Lighthouse Keepers, Telegraph Operators and their families living here often discovered items as they walked the coastline, sometimes they had...

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