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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.

Light Up The Night

Light Up The Night

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Join us at Cape Otway Lightstation on Saturday 22nd of May 2021 for a very special evening as we light up the night and let our ‘Beacon of Hope’ shine out into the dark…

Explore our heritage buildings after darkness falls and gather around the fire for live music, food and drink at the Lightkeepers Cafe.

Lighthouse lovers from far and wide are invited to come and join in the celebrations of Australia’s most significant Lighthouse, fondly named the ‘Beacon of Hope’. Built in 1848 it was a truly significant Australian landmark for many early immigrants to Australia who had been at sea for up to 3 months before sighting the Lightstation shining brightly at Cape Otway.

Bonfire, live music, mulled wine and delicious food

Entry is from 5.30pm with celebrations commencing at 6pm. Event close 9.30pm.

Wrap up warm, bring a torch and a blanket for sitting and wear sturdy footwear. 

Tickets are limited and must be booked online. Please note limited tickets are available to climb the tower & these are issued in 15 minute segments to allow 5 mins of viewing from the lighthouse.

General viewing will be possible from the Whale Viewing platform for those that miss out on lighthouse tickets.

General Admission $10- Tickets provide entry to the grounds and entertainment only. No tower access, however there are viewing areas where the light can be seen.

VIP Tower Climb Ticket – $35 – Tickets provide entry to our the grounds, entertainment, plus the rare opportunity to climb the tower once the light is lit to witness the working lantern up close.

For more information and to purchase tickets – check out the event page Light the Night

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Special Event ‘Tales Of The Cape’ with Seafood Chowder & Ale

Special Event ‘Tales Of The Cape’ with Seafood Chowder & Ale

SPECIAL TALES OF THE CAPE TOUR AND SEAFOOD LUNCH

‘Tales of the Cape’ Special Tour with Seafood Chowder and Ale

Brought to you by Cape Otway Lightstation as part of the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2021 ‘Summer of Seafood’.

Intriguing stories of how it all began.

Be inspired by the rich and intriguing history of the Cape Otway Lightstation, listen to captivating stories of shipwreck and survival. Join our keeper’s of history as we journey back in time and learn why Cape Otway Lighthouse is considered Australia’s most significant lighthouse.

Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of Hope’ perches on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide.

This special ‘Tales of the Cape’ walking tour will explore stories of triumph and tragedy as we walk through the Lightstation heritage precinct to the isolated Cape Otway Cemetery. Appreciate daily life in the 19th Century for the small community in this remote location. The tour includes the Assistant Keepers Quarters (1849 -59), Telegraph Station (1859) and the Cape’s Cemetery.

Walk will cover approximately 2km’s. We suggest good walking shoes as this involves walking on uneven ground, a water bottle and sun/fly protection.

After the tour we will adjourn to the Lightkeeper’s Café for lunch with a view, where we will be serving a fresh locally sourced Seafood Chowder accompanied by a local craft ale.

After lunch feel free to wander the heritage precinct and climb the Lighthouse tower before heading home.

Sunday 28th  February – 12pm – Limited spaces available – Tickets $60pp

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Let us tell you a story…. World Storytelling Day & Ford Exhibition Launch

Let us tell you a story…. World Storytelling Day & Ford Exhibition Launch

 **To help to protect our staff and visitors and to help with the social distancing measures recommended to slow the spread of the COVID19 virus, we have taken the decision to postpone this event. Stay tuned! We will announce a new date as soon as we can!**

 Join us to celebrate World Storytelling Day and to celebrate the launch of our new exhibition. Let our guides take you on a journey of story and discovery as we delve deeper into the stories behind Australia’s most significant Lighthouse.  

As we launch ‘A Life of Service, Henry & Mary Ford, come and discover the story of this remarkable couple through our new exhibition of their belongings from their time at Cape Otway Lightstation.

Entrance to this event is included with all General Admission Tickets available through our website or from our ticket kiosk on the day. 

You Light Up My Life

You Light Up My Life

Every year in August Lighthouses all over the world celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend. This year Cape Otway Lightstation had double cause for celebration as the Lightstation has reached the grand old age of 170!!

Lighthouse lovers from far and wide are invited to come and join in the celebrations of Australia’s most significant Lighthouse, fondly known as the ‘Beacon of Hope’. Built in 1848 it was a truly significant Australian landmark for many early immigrants to Australia who had been at sea for up to 3 months before sighting the Lightstation shining brightly at Cape Otway.

The current team of staff or shall we say lightkeepers or even keepers of history are busily preparing for this event. Enormous excitement abounds as special permission has been received from AMSA to turn on the light!! Since being decommissioned in 1994 with a satellite beacon replacing it, our guides have lovingly dusted the Fresnel lens, polished the brass & maintained the light to be in perfect working order. To see it once again shine its beams 40+km out to sea is bound to have all in awe!

Entry is free to all who are ready for a wild and windy Winter challenge to join us on this auspicious evening on the 18/8/18.

Celebrations commence at 18:00 sharp. Entry is free however we ask you to book tickets online. Please note limited tickets are available to climb the tower & these are issued in 15 minute segments to allow the lucky ones to have 5 mins of viewing from the lighthouse. General viewing will be possible from the Whale Viewing platform for those that miss out on lighthouse tickets.

Bonfire, music, mulled wine, curries, cake & coffee. Rug up and bring a warm blanket to sit on and a torch.

International Lighthouse Weekend at 18:00 hours on 18/8/18 – there’s something very auspicious about that …..

Shakespeare in the Otways

Produced by Otway Country to Coast Tourism Association and Regional Development Victoria, Shakespeare in the Otways: 2017 Spring Trilogy will feature three of the most-loved and celebrated of William Shakespeare’s works.

We are very excited that the Cape Otway Lightstation – Australia’s oldest working lighthouse, will host the second performance in the series – fittingly, a performance of the enigmatic fantasy The Tempest on 4 November. Presented by Sly Rat Theatre Company, this production will combine the spectacle of ballet, the tragedy of opera, the delight of clowns and stunning visual effects, redefining what an outdoor Shakespeare event can be. The audience will be seated in the natural amphitheatre on the grounds in front of the Lighthouse, creating a unique and captivating experience.

Also in the series and performed first in the trilogy will be the comedic classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream on 21 October, 2017 which will be set against the majestic rainforest setting of The Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, and Romeo & Juliet, staged amongst the vines at Otway Estate on November 18 as the third and final performance.

Tickets can be purchased from $40.00 by visiting shakespeareintheotways.com, with additional discounts available if tickets to all three performances are purchased as a series.

This opportunity has been made possible by Regional Development Victoria and has been actively supported by the Colac Otway Shire and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism.