Great Ocean Walk
Cape Otway Lightstation is located at the heart of the Great Ocean Walk between Blanket Bay and the Aire River.
The 100km trail traverses the rugged coastline taking walkers on an unforgettable journey along breath-taking coastline, atop some of Australia’s tallest sea cliffs, splashing through pristine streams, along untouched beaches and into secluded campsites.
Designed as a one-way long-distance walk extending east to west, between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles near Princetown. Hikers can step on and off the trail with convenience; enjoy comfortable accommodation and excellent local meals or pitch tent at wildly picturesque campgrounds along the way.
The views are amazing, the history of this rugged region is awe-inspiring, and the magic worked by Mother Nature has to be seen to be believed. Many hikers just do a couple of sections of the walk over 2 or 3 days. For the fit and determined bushwalkers there is the opportunity to complete the eight-day seven-night walk which begins in Apollo Bay and ends at the iconic limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles.
Some of the walk is based on the track blazed by Port Phillip District Superintendent Charles Joseph La Trobe in March 1846. After the loss of almost 400 lives when the Cataraqui sank off nearby King Island, La Trobe was charged with surveying Cape Otway for the establishment of a lighthouse.
Walkers also retrace the footsteps of the first Cape Otway lightkeepers and their staff who travelled along the coastline to retrieve life-saving cargo from supply ships from Blanket Bay and Parker River.
One of the best features of the walk is you can hop on and off the walk according to what you want to see, or how much time you can spare.
Great Ocean Walk Accommodation
Cape Otway Lightstation is a popular overnight stop with quality accommodation suitable for couples or small to large groups. ‘Hike in’ or arrange transfers with one of our local tour companies.
For the day hiker, it is as an ideal hopping-off point to learn about the incredible maritime history and major shipping disasters of this treacherous stretch of coastline.
Special offer for GOR Walkers
Cape Otway Lightstation offers discounted entry to Great Ocean Walkers registered with Parks Victoria. Present your Great Ocean Walk Camping Receipt to our staff at the front desk and receive 50% discount upon entry. Please check our opening hours when planning your trip.