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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to common questions about Cape Otway Lightstation.

 What are your opening hours?


From July 1st 2021 we will be closed to day visitors and will be operating accommodation and pre-booked tours only with no walk up access available unless part of a pre-booked tour. Tours will be available to book via our website from 1st July and we will be announcing a Winter Program of Special Tours as they become available to book.

From 1st of July 2021 our cafe and gift shop will be closed.


 We are closed Christmas Day.

How long is the walk to the Lighthouse from the Main Entry?

The walk is approximately 400m on a gravel path with slight uphill and downhill sections. Due to Covid restrictions there may be a wait to climb the Lighthouse tower. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather as there is no shelter at the base of the tower whilst you wait.

How many stairs to climb the Lighthouse?

The Lighthouse has 78 steps to reach the top. The final section is via a type of metal step ladder that is steeper than the stairs.

Do I need to book a tour?

From July 1st 2021 access will only be available by pre-booking a tour in advance with no walk up tickets available. Our gift shop and Lightkeepers Cafe will be closed from 1st July 2021. 

 If you wish to do one of our specialised tours these must be booked in advance via our website – www.lightstation.com

Can we see the Lighthouse without booking a tour?

The Lighthouse is situated in the centre of the Lightstation Heritage Precinct which covers approx 200 acres and comprises of a number of different significant heritage buildings and exhibits. It is not possible to access the Lighthouse without booking a tour even if you do not want to climb the lighthouse. The Great Ocean Walk provides distant views of the Lighthouse from outside of the Lightstation boundary and can be accessed from each end of the car park.

Can we bring in our own BBQ?

Due to occupational health and safety concerns we cannot allow you to bring in your own BBQ.

Do you have accommodation?

We have a range of accommodation which can be booked in advance. Visit our Stay page for more information and to book.

Are dogs allowed?

Sorry as this is part of the Great Otway National Park no dogs are allowed on the premises.

What is your address?

1140 Lighthouse Road Cape Otway. Click here to view a map of where Cape Otway Lightstation is located.

What is your phone number?

Phone: (03) 5237 9240

How long does it take to drive there?

The Lighthouse is approximately a 30 minute drive from Apollo Bay. It is approximately 1 hour and
15 minutes from the Lightstation to the 12 Apostles

Car Parking

Car parking is available at the Lightstation car park for those who want to undertake a short or half-day hike east or west of the Cape.


Wheelchair access is available to many parts of the site with some assistance, although access to the top of the lighthouse is via a traditional circular staircase. Disabled parking is available within the precinct upon request.

What to bring

Cape Otway experiences variable weather conditions, so you should bring warm clothing, sun protection, comfortable shoes, wet weather gear … and whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!

Cape Otway Lightstation

 Lighthouse Road,
Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Mailing Address: PO Box 41,
Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia

Phone: +61 3 5237 9240

Fax: +61 3 5237 9245

Email: keeper@lightstation.com

Web: www.lightstation.com

Business Hours:

 Pre-booked Tours and Accommodation only