Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to common questions about Cape Otway Lightstation.

What are your opening hours?

 For our operating hours click here.

 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?

Tickets are for self guided entry and are available for purchase on arrival with no booking necessary. We do not have online tickets available. 

 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 an entry ticket?

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 an entrance ticket, 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 limited at many parts of the site due to the rugged terrain and steep pathways.

Some heritage buildings have narrow stone doorways and steps. Areas can be accessed with assistance, although access to the top of the lighthouse is via a traditional narrow circular staircase and ladder.

We do not charge entry for those unable to access the buildings or for their accompanying carer.

Parking within the precinct close to the Lighthouse and Cafe is available upon request.

Please contact us for further information.

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

Email: keeper@lightstation.com

Web: www.lightstation.com

Business Hours:

Open Daily - 9.30am- 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Closed Christmas Day