Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Answers to common questions about Cape Otway Lightstation.
What are your opening hours?
Open daily 9.00am – 5.00pm. Last entry is at 4.30pm.
We are closed Christmas Day.
How long is the walk to the Lighthouse form the Main Entry?
The walk is approximately 400metres on a grave path with slight uphill and downhill sections.
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 no bookings are 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 Lightstation sits on approximately 200 acres. Entry fees apply to come into 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 is available at the Lightstation for those who want to undertake a short or half-day hike east or west of the Cape. There is also more secure parking available within the Lightstation grounds (fees apply).
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
Address: Via Great Ocean 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
Open daily: 9.00am - 5.00pm
(except Christmas Day)
Last entry: 4.30pm