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Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia's most important lighthouse. The Light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea cliffs 90 metres above where Bass Straight and Southern Ocean collide.

Experience the thrill of stepping out onto the Lighthouse Balcony for awesome views, and hear the amazing history of tragic shipwrecks on this isolated and rugged coastline from the passionate Guides.

Explore the historic Telegraph Station from 1859 and discover Australia's extraordinary secret war history from WW2.

Appreciate and understand local Aboriginal Culture at the Aboriginal Cultural Site, with stories from local guides. Visitors can also enjoy bush tucker, spear throwing, painting and many other activities.

Watch whales at play and soak up the natural beauty and atmosphere for a few hours or stay overnight in the unique, historic Lightkeepers accommodation. Ideally suited to families, groups, couples or friends. B&B or longer stays.

Cape Otway Lightstation is an excellent location to base yourself, being a highlight of the Great Ocean Road and at the centre of the Great Ocean Walk. Fantastic fishing, swimming, waterfalls and walks are nearby.

The Lightkeeper's Kitchen offers coffee, homemade scones and local produce all made fresh on site. The Café is located in the original Assistant Lightkeeper's cottage, with a painting and photo gallery including fascinating historic audio stories of lightkeeper's wives and children. Free wi-fi and daily newspapers.

Discover the coast on the Lightkeeper's Coastal Discovery Tour, running daily. Walk in the footsteps of lightkeepers along the Great Ocean Walk with experienced and knowledgeable local guides.

Located a short drive off the Great Ocean Road, through serene forests where you are guaranteed to see koalas.

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Price & booking

Cancellation and booking policy

A 50 per cent deposit secures a booking within a week of making a tentative booking. Cancellation from 60 - 21 days prior to booking incurs a fee of 50 per cent of the deposit. Cancellation up to 21 days prior to booking incurs a fee of 100 per cent of deposit. After arrival 100 per cent of total price is required.

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Local directions:

From Melbourne, about 20 minutes west of Apollo Bay, turn left at sign to the Lighthouse. From Adelaide, about 30 minutes east of Lavers Hill, turn right at Lighthouse sign. From here follow road for about 12 kms to the end.

  • Café
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Guide
  • Interpretive centre
  • Kiosk
  • Picnic area
  • Mountain biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Horseriding
  • Surfing
  • Self guided
  • Bushwalking
  • Guided walks
  • Wilderness walking
Tourism awards:
  • 2014 - Victorian Tourism Awards
  • 2013 - Victorian Tourism Awards
Opening hours:

Lightkeeper's Kitchen open daily for breakfast and lunch.

  • Daily
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Open Daily except Christmas Day. Last Entry 4.30pm. 30 to 40 minutes is a good visit but you could easily spend longer.
  • Great Ocean Walk Partner

Car parking and vehicular access, all buildings apart from Lighthouse have access ramps