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“Cape Nelson lighthouse” 4 of 5 stars
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Cape Nelson lighthouse
Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
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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!
Mount Gambier, Australia
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“Cape Nelson lighthouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

About 10km out of town along excellent road, scenic drive to get there - watch out for roos. Only 2 tours of the lighthouse each day. Coastline very rugged but beautiful. Small cafe there in lighthouse cottage - didn't try any meals as arrived too late.

Visited August 2013
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“Lighthouse no 25”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

The drive out is pretty amazing as you drive past the wind farms and through the National Park. This is also the most furtherest south point of the Australian mainland. Dont count on the cafe being open , phone first for tour or coffee....isolated but beautiful and 2 cottages you can rent.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Everything we loved it .Cottages are beautifully decorated with comfortable furniture and a bed that feels like clouds .Bathrooms have everything kitchen and laundry well appointed.
Open fire as well as electric central heating makes for an amazing evening .
Bring you own food dont dine out ........I cant begin to say how wonderful the atmosphere here is .....you wont want to leave
The cafe is scrumptious and Steve is a legend ....
We decided to try Annesley House for the next night and was sooooooooooooo disappointed.
Should have stayed put .
Dont waste your money anywhere else in portland just go to The Lighthouse .
Absolutely utterly the best accomodation we stayed in .
Cant wait to get back

Visited August 2013
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Portland, Australia
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“Cape Nelson lighthouse”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The light house is about 10 km from Portland accessible on a bitumen road. The light house was built in 1882-84, is 32 metres high and its light is visible 21 Nautical Miles. It is on a high cliff facing the Southern Ocean. An auxiliary electric power plant is in a nearby building. A 2 metre high stone wall from the café to the lighthouse protects visitors and staff from the fierce cold southerly wind. Light House tours may be booked at Isabella's Café where morning coffee, afternoon teas and meals are served. The 3 light keeper's stone cottages [rated by someone as 5 star luxury] offer peaceful secure accommodation for a relaxing get-away: Cottages 1 & 2 are close to the car-park, while Cottage 3, which was the Head Light-Keeper's cottage is set back from the others. All these cottages are protected from the driving wind by stone fences. Public Rest Room facilities are built, but may be out of order.
Warnings: Keep within the fenced area at the cliffs, as these cliffs are unstable, undermined by the ocean. Keep off the rocks as sudden giant waves occur. On the Cape Nelson Road, watch out for kangaroos suddenly jumping out and for koalas that might be crossing the road. Do not be distracted from your driving by the huge wind-farm turbine blades. Be aware of a T junction where you will turn left to the light house.
On the Cape Nelson Road are several parking spots, viewing places for features in the ocean, such as ancient volcanic islands.
Visitors should not confuse Cape Nelson light house with the township called Nelson on the Glenelg River about 75 km west of Portland, being almost on the state border with South Australia.

Visited August 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Enjoyed the drive, skipped the expensive lighthouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Watch for the koalas along the road - the highlight of our day! We enjoyed the drive, had a look around the cafe, and then decided not to spend money on the lighthouse entry fee. Turned it into an enjoyable free activity.

Good thing we skipped it - clouds opened as we started driving back!

Visited July 2013
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