Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving and most important lighthouse in mainland Australia. Built in 1848, the lighthouse perches on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide. Surrounded by the rich habitats and abundant wildlife of the Great Otway National Park, there’s so much more to see and do within the Lightstation’s heritage precinct.
The lighthouse is manned by a trained guide, who will greet you at the top of the tower 90 metres above the Southern Ocean offering spectacular views. Our guides will recount stories of the Cape’s traditional owners, shipwrecks, the trials and tribulations of the colourful lighthouse keepers, the working of the light, World War Two history, fascinating stories of the Telegraph Station, one of Australia’s most intriguing UFO mysteries, and much more.
- Map & guide
- KIDZONE @ The Cape activity packs for every child
- Full access to the Lightstation precinct, including:
- Spectacular views across Bass Strait & the Southern Ocean
- Climb the 1848 Lighthouse
- Whale watch from the Lighthouse balcony (Jun-Oct)
- Tour the Telegraph Station
- Visit our secret World War Two Radar Station
- Watch our documentary about the history of the Lighthouse & Great Ocean Road, see historic paintings in our Café gallery
- Explore the heritage workshops & Lightkeeper’s quarters
- Aboriginal Talking Hut
- Enjoy lunch & snacks, tea & coffee in the Lightkeeper’s Kitchen
- Picnic in the Lightstation grounds
- Plus, you’re almost guaranteed to see koalas on the way to the Lightstation, so keep your eyes peeled!