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Life in a lighthouse: expressions of interest sought

Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Fancy life in a lighthouse?

One of Victoria’s rarest lifestyle and business opportunities is now on offer, with Parks Victoria accepting expressions of interest to operate the Cape Otway Lightstation precinct.

The precinct includes significant heritage buildings and currently offers lighthouse tours, accommodation, a cafĂ©, souvenir shop, tourist information, museum and offices. The site also contains a radar bunker and lookout, sculptures, historical artefacts, an indigenous meeting hut, weather station, and the centrepiece – the Australian mainland’s oldest surviving lighthouse.

The lighthouse was constructed in 1848 after tragic shipwrecks on the Bass Strait coast and King Island. Other buildings soon followed, including one of the earliest telegraph stations in Australia.

Located within the Great Otway National Park, which is managed by Parks Victoria, the historic precinct will be offered on a lease of up to 21 years.

Submissions are being sought that will deliver benefits to this high-profile tourist destination, the national park, traditional owners of the land, and the local community.

Expressions of interest will be accepted through the Parks Victoria website until 6 October 2017.Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

For more information, including documentation, selection criteria and timelines, visit:

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger, Mark Mellington:

“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a historically, culturally and environmentally significant part of Australia.”

“Situated within the Great Otway National Park, which receives almost 2 million visits each year, the historic lightstation precinct is well placed to tap into regional, national and international markets.”

“We’ll be keen to hear from people who can work strategically with Parks Victoria as we ensure our parks are healthy and resilient now, and for future generations.”

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