Cape Otway Lighthouse

Explore the Cape Otway Lightstation…..only a short drive from our beautiful Cape Otway accommodation…

Located only 15 minutes from our Cape Otway accommodation is the historic Cape Otway Lighthouse. The Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. The light, which has been in continuous operation since 1848, is perched on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide. For thousands of immigrants, after many months at sea, Cape Otway was their first sight of land after leaving Europe.

The iconic lighthouse is the highlight of the Great Ocean Road, but there’s so much more to see and do within the Lightstation grounds. Take a short detour from the Great Ocean Road through magnificent forests where you are guaranteed to see koalas. Hundreds of lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway – a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation in the foothills of the impenetrable forests of the Otways.

Climb to the top of mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse, Cape Otway Lighthouse, 90 metres above the wild Southern Ocean, and see why many tragic shipwrecks occurred on this isolated and rugged coastline.

Immerse yourself in history with one of Australia’s most important and recognisable lighthouses at your doorstep. Spectacular scenery, lighthouse tours, wildlife (koalas, wallabies and whales), rainforests, waterfalls and awesome sunsets will be highlights of your stay. Our Cape Otway accommodation is an excellent location to base yourself, being central to Great Ocean Road and Great Otway National Park activities and walks.

The Lightkeepers Cafe is open daily and offers great food and coffee. Relax with delicious Devonshire Tea and and soak up the views. The café is located in the original Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage, right in front of the lighthouse.

Discover the coast on a 4WD Lightkeeper’s Shipwreck Discovery Tour, which runs daily and with special offers for accommodation guests. Walk in the footsteps of lightkeepers and pioneers along the Great Ocean Walk with experienced and knowledgeable local guides.

The Cape Otway Lighstation