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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to common questions about Cape Otway Lightstation.

What are your opening hours?

Open Every Day 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Cafe closed 4.30pm 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?

The general admission to the Lightstation is self guided and bookings are not required. 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 paying the entry fee?

The Lighthouse is situated in the Lightstation Heritage Precinct covering approx 200 acres. It is not possible to access the Lighthouse without a ticket to the grounds 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.

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:
Open Every Day 10.00am - 5.00pm
(except Christmas Day)
Last entry: 4.30pm