Cape Otway Lightstation
Cape Otway Lightstation
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Climb to the top of the tower and enjoy amazing views 90 metres above the ocean. Built in 1848 the Lighthouse is the oldest remaining lighthouse on mainland Australia. Discover the important role of the Telegraph Station built in 1859. Learn of the role of the Radar Bunker protecting this coast in WWII. A range of accommodation suiting couples, families/groups is also available.
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Adrienne R
Australia32 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I would have paid the $20 per person admission to the lighthouse and surrounding historic buildings. However passing through the cafe and shop I noticed a smallish jar of local honey for almost $40, 3 bees wax wraps for almost $50, and a bunch of other nice locally made things with price tags that bowled me over.

As we turned and walked out we overheard some tourists saying they would just ‘photoshop’ themselves into an image as the cost was expensive. I don’t agree with that, as it takes time and money to maintain and run such a property, but the extortionate cost of goods was pretty rude, we thought.
Written February 23, 2020
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I'm sorry you reviewed your experience on the cost the of the honey and associated high quality local products. Some of these are more expensive due to the quality - the honey, for example, is an Australian made, organic and high quality Manuka honey which does cost a lot more than standard honey. We have a range of general souvenirs at very reasonable prices.
Written February 27, 2020
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Jenafarious
Murwillumbah, Australia236 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Curiosity piqued by sign on main road I decided to take the 15 minutes off the beaten track.
Very glad I did! The scenery is breathtaking all the way along the road.

Watch out for koalas (and tourists) taking koalas pics... Allow plenty of time to explore the roadsides, enjoy the stature of the forest and then explore the rugged and majestic coastline surrounding the light station for free.

A must see on your road trip but wasn't prepared with extra time or to spend the $20 entry fee for the tour and talk of the station itself which takes at least2 hours.
Would suit those with lots of time, history buffs or special interest groups.
A steep climb awaits once through to the stairs. No lifts so a good level of fitness and flat shoes required here.

A flattish walk into the site and obligatory souvenir shop with toilets available. A cafe is available onsite but didn't sample due to taking the coastal walk. Best byo food and a small backpack for trekking if doing the same.

Take a wander around the beachside paths to enjoy the coastline vistas as far as your energy and time will allow.
Children ok but need to be very closely supervised as steep cliffs, no warning and many tree roots on paths. Prams and heels definitely NOT recommended.

Beautiful wildflowers in bloom and don't forget a bag for your rubbish along the way as no bins in the park trails.
Cameras are a must and early morning probably best to beat the crowds and buses coming through on the narrow road.

Collect a printed map in several languages for more info or check Facebook, insta and Twitter for updates. Assuming you get a good signal!

For best results spend at least a morning but preferably take the day to explore the whole precinct.
Written December 15, 2020
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Sue S
78 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were very impressed with our visit to Cape Otway Lightstation. For under $20 there’s such a lot there and lots of information to help you understand what it was like living in the lightstation and how important it was. If you’re deciding between visiting this lighthouse and Split Point, this one is more than just a lighthouse but at 34m Split a point is taller than Cape Otway (20m). You can go to the top of both. We were glad we did both. Both have a coffee shop. You can’t see this lighthouse up close or go to the coffee shop though without paying the entry fee. We found the bush tucker talk really good and suggest you go to that if you can. Our only disappointment was that you can’t take backpacks into the lighthouse or the telegraph station. We could have spent ages in the telegraph station because there’s so much information in there but because we didn’t want to leave our bag unattended outside we went in one at a time and so were quick. If we’d realised we would have left the bag in the car.
Written January 3, 2020
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Thanks for your great review. We do have signs at the front re backpacks so sorry you missed that.
Written February 27, 2020
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alisadaf
9 contributions
Dec 2020
This light house faces the Southern Ocean so the views were spectacular. I did not take the light house tour as there was a long queue to get in and due to covid limitations only 8 people were allowed inside the light house at a time.
But there is a cafe right opposite to the light house which serves amazing scones and pies. Apart from the light house there are other things to explore in the area like the dinosaur museum, telegraph station, WWII radar bunker and a souvenir shop. There is an entry fee of $20 pp which includes all of the above. If you are a history buff you will definitely enjoy it - but this trip is also worth for its spectacular view.
Written December 25, 2020
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MartinBlackDuck
Hunter Valley, Australia117 contributions
Nov 2022
The drive to the Otway Lighthouse (I can't for the life of me call it a lightstation although I understand there's no accommodation...) is a narrow and interesting cross country trek off the main Great Ocean Road. It is definitely worth the time, particularly on a sunny day. The carpark is pretty small and would be under pressure in busy times. You pay before you see the stunning white and red traditional tower and that appears to be a game changer for some reviewers. For us, we looked at how well the grounds are maintained, the value of the historic buildings and had no argument with the entry fee. The climb - three storeys of a normal house - to the top was narrow and restricted. The view from the top absolutely fabulous. Inside you can see the Fresnel lens and where the keeper would have made contact to the outside world. We also enjoyed a very good coffee made by a young and very happy young Italian man in the cafe. Great experience highly recommended.
Written November 24, 2022
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Hi Martin We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Lightstation! The Cape Otway Lightstation is a rare example of a complete precinct complete with its associated buildings, the Keeper's Quarters (now the Cafe and accommodation), The Head Lightkeepers Cottage (accommodation), the Old Workshop, Original Lightkeepers Quarters (theatre room), Telegraph Station and the WWII Radar Bunker. Our beautifully renovated heritage accommodation can be booked direct via our website and offers a tranquil escape on the cliff tops of Cape Otway in the centre of the heritage precinct. The Lightstation is managed by the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and ticket sales to the precinct go toward the restoration and maintenance of this incredible site as well as contributing to the management of our incredible coastline.
Written December 6, 2022
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Denise
5 contributions
Oct 2022
It's disappointing that the lighthouse can't be photographed or seen without paying 19.50 to walk in the gates. Charge for a tour by all means but that should be an option, not mandatory. We couldn't even go to the cafe to have a coffee unless we first paid the entry fee! Very disappointing. We did not pay the fee to see the lighthouse. We continued on to Split Point lighthouse where we could see and photograph that lighthouse for nothing, happily paid $10 for a walk to the top and then spent a few more dollars at the cafe.
Written October 18, 2022
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The Cape Otway Lighthouse is located in the centre of a large heritage precinct which is also home to a number of significant heritage buildings and structures. The site is significant in that it is preserved in its entirety as a Lightstation precinct and that the associated buildings of the Lighthouse are still part of the complex which unfortunately is not the case elsewhere. In addition to the Lighthouse and its associated buildings, the precinct is also home to the historically significant Telegraph Station and also the WWII Radar Bunker. Extensive research and interpretation has been developed across the site to preserve its unique history and preserve this for future generations. Visitors can usually spend anything from 1-3 hours exploring the site, climbing the lighthouse and attending history talks with our knowledgeable guides that run throughout the day. Ticket sales go toward maintaining and preserving this unique site and its buildings, providing employment for over 20 local staff and, through the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, maintaining our incredible coastline. Our cafe is located in the centre of our heritage precinct and due to its location and our limited infrastructure onsite, it is available only to visitors of the precinct. Access to the site is limited to our opening hours however there are after hours walking trails from the carpark outside along the Great Ocean Walk where visitors can view the Lighthouse from a distance along the cliff tops.
Written November 19, 2022
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RobSwindon69
Crewkerne, UK832 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Stopped here on a detour on our way from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles and enjoyed it more than any other stop on the GOR and would list this as one if the most enjoyable things we did on our trip to Australia. The drive out to the lighthouse is a nice once though some lovely countryside and forest where wild Koalas can often be seen in the roadside trees. The self- guided walk around the site was very interesting, especially the old telegraph hut and keepers accommodation and it was fascinating finding out what life was like living in such a remote spot in the Victorian era. Climbing the lighthouse itself was an exhilarating experience with spectacular views at the top. The cafe was great and the bush tucker & aboriginal history talk was superb lasting well over an hour and giving us an opportunity to taste some of the native plants. A thoroughly enjoyable visit!
Written March 17, 2020
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Thank you for your excellent review. The team at the Cape appreciate your valuable feedback and insights into what you most enjoyed!
Written July 12, 2020
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Greg
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Jan 2020
We recently visited with my aged parent in a wheelchair. They were happy to take our money for entrance, but didn’t mention that the paths around the place were gravel based and not wheelchair accessible. As we struggled with the wheelchair on the first metre of the path, a kind member of staff said that we could take our car inside. However that only meant parking a bit closer to the cafe - as we were dependent upon wheelchair access all we could do was go around the base of the lighthouse and even that we struggled with. Due to foliage there was no view for a person in a wheelchair. No notification about this when purchasing tickets. Absolutely a waste of money for those with accessibility requirements.
Written January 27, 2020
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Hi Greg I'm disappointed to read your review. We do not charge for people in wheelchairs as we know how restrictive the experience is due to the terrain and limitations of the heritage precinct. Please contact me via phone if you were charged for this person 0352379240 as it is possible our casual Summer staff may have not been informed of this. Regards Trish (Manager)
Written February 27, 2020
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Hayley
Melbourne, Australia71 contributions
Jan 2020
So, the price of entry to the light-station is not great.
In fact other than the talks it’s hard to see where the money goes, other than paying worthwhile passionate staff to conduct talks for which they know about.
These beautiful people make it! Trust me they do. You can attend a history talk and a cultural Bush tucker talk in the Aboriginal hut.
Dale in the aboriginal hut is divine. Geese if you bottle his love and passion for people and talking, you would.
Do this because of these people and enjoy the view and the lighthouse. Ask for the person at the top of the lighthouse to turn on the light, so it spins.
Enjoy the scones at the cafe, but forget about the free wifi, cause there is none!
Written January 5, 2020
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Thanks for your great review - we love the energy and enthusiasm of our staff.... it's a shame we cam't bottle it!. We do have our WiFi at Cafe sorted now.
Written February 27, 2020
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Cedric S
Narooma, Australia2 contributions
Apr 2021
Dale's talk on bush tucker was outstanding. Given sincerely from the heart as well as being historicaly and botanically accurate, it was most educational and deligtfully entertaining. to our environmental uni stdent roup. It was , however, heart rendering to hear that we were hearing his last talk. Apparently his services were terminated without notice as his employer was closing their operation having not renewed their lease. We wish Dale out the best in his future. He is an outstanding, sincere, knowlegable and engaging teacher of the local aboriginal heritage.

He brought the past right into the present like were were actually there three hundred years ago .
Written May 1, 2021
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