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Cape Nelson lighthouse - CLOSED

Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
Owner description: Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape Nelson, the Cape Nelson...
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Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
Owner description: Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape Nelson, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse precinct comprises the 35 meter tall lighthouse, the cosy Isabella's cafe, and two exquisitely renovated assistant lighthouse keeper's cottages available as accommodation.These historic buildings have been elegantly restored and now comprise two separate two-bedroom cottages.The cottages are ideal for a secluded couple's get away, families, or groups! The precinct is located within Cape Nelson State Park and is surrounded by spectacular views, excellent walking tracks, and tours of the historic lighthouse run daily.Isabella's cafe, located in the old stables, offers morning and afternoon tea and gourmet lunches daily.Each cottage includes two bedrooms with queen sized beds, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge room with TV, DVD and an open fire place. All properties include free Wi-Fi, reverse cycle air conditioning and breakfast of cereal, milk, eggs, bacon, toast and condiments, as well as tea and coffee. About the area:Cape Nelson is a well known whale spotting area - observe from the cliffs or climb to the top of the lighthouse to spot southern wright whales in the middle of the year and blue whales in summer months! Dolphins and seals are sometimes spotted in the water as well! As we are located on the Great South West Walk, we are surrounded by kilometers of walking tracks through bush, beaches and cliffs. The area is rich in native wildlife, including kangaroos and wallabies, echidnas, koalas, and is close to Australia's only mainland Gannet breeding colony. The beaches around Portland are also well known for having great surf for all levels at any time of year, so make sure to bring boards and wetsuits!

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Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We just turned up here - tours (cost attached) had finished for the day but still lots of info around to read. Was free to access the precinct which is why we decided to stop in the first place. Lovely views if a bit chilly. Not sure how long it would take if you did the tour. We spent about... More 

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Portland, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Take a leisurely drive out to the lighthouse and climb up to the veiwing platform at the back of the resturant for a wonderful view of the Cape. I suggest to contact them if you plan on dining out ,most weekends they are open for coffee etc. Enjoy the comfort and warmth of the restuarant, a nice glass of wine... More 

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Portland, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We had a new years eve buffet which was 3 courses entree, main and desert and included a glass of champagne for only $55 ! Very pretty location and the dining room is very nice. The owners are quirky and lovely. Recommended for couples and groups they can even do accommodation

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Portland, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

shared a beautiful lunch with husband, just for no reason. We love the scenery, have done the walks many times before, but not eaten at the cafe. The food was a delight, fresh, and beautifully prepared and presented. A lovely day.

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Brisbane, Australia
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150 reviews 150 reviews
92 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Went there a couple of weeks ago with some friends from Germany, we walked around and saw a wedding taking place, with photos taken by a professional. We continued walking around and along the cliffs, taking in the views and the natural beauty. We didn't purchase anything as it was closed, but an amazing location.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Cape Nelson Lighthouse is set in a magical location and the cottage itself was most comfortable. We unfortunately arrived late and were greeted less than cordially. We also were not fully informed about the services such as the internet and when I asked in the morning was greeted by a very grumpy member of staff who then slammed the door... More 

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Steve C, Front Office Manager at Cape Nelson lighthouse, responded to this review

After receiving a call from the guest son to say arrival time would be 6pm, I dutifully waited more than 2.5hrs for the arrival, I had to wait to check them in and get c/card details, foregoing my dinner. There was a problem with the card , so the guest paid cash! They were shown to the cottage at 9pm,... More 

Queensland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Really unsure how to rate this site as we had a mixed bag whilst visiting . 1) The coastline on this extremely windy & overcast day was outstanding ..The lighthouse standing proud & tall .10/10 from us . 2)At first we thought the cafe was closed .. ( our mistake) as we ventured to the lighthouse we saw ppl inside... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Isabelle's Coffee shop, very friendly, decorated lovely. A Beautiful Spot.. I could have enjoyed a book, wine, relaxing, Just GREAT!

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Portland, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

loved it.Food was great,ambience perfect and friendly owner.I ordered smoked salmon salad and it was one of the best i ever had.

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We took a drive down to see the lighthouse, my partner needed to go to the toilet so we popped into the cafe to ask if there was any public toilets available, which we got a very rude answer from a man (maybe the owner)... "customers only". A lady then came up to us asking if she can help us,... More 

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Steve C, Owner at Cape Nelson lighthouse, responded to this review

Sometimes we get off on the wrong foot, and often get weird requests, and many times waitstaff are treated well by the customers ,othertimes not so well. Mostly people get my sense of humour, on this occasion obviously not. It's just one of those things. More 

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