Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve
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- Established:December 1995
Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve offers short walks, lookouts and picnic facilities in a unique 19th century light station setting. Several heritage buildings are located within the reserve, including the lighthouse tower and a museum.
Location and access
Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve is located adjacent to the Cape Schanck Visitor Area of Mornington Peninsula National Park. The reserve is accessed via an all abilities walking track, 100m from the day visitor carpark.
The reserve is open daily from 8am to 6pm. Access to the reserve is free of charge. Fees apply for guided tours.
Guided lighthouse tours
Built in 1859 from local limestone with its unique lantern, the lighthouse provides spectacular views of the Southern Peninsula coast and Bass Strait from the balcony.
20 minute guided tours of the lighthouse are offered by a Parks Victoria approved and licensed commercial tour operator, The Lady of History. As the lighthouse is a working maritime navigation aid access is restricted outside of official tour times.
Visitors will relive the maritime history and stories of the light keepers, their families and events in what was once a very remote location and tiny community committed to preventing ships being wrecked at the Cape.
Tours commence at the museum building, the former Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s quarters. Be sure to wear suitable clothing and footwear to climb the steep winding staircase inside the tower. Note that it can be very windy out on the lighthouse balcony.
Bookings are recommended as group sizes are very limited within the lighthouse. School and group bookings are also available by prior arrangement.
The museum has a large range of artefacts, displays and information illustrating the maritime navigation history of the site and its role in safely guiding shipping into Port Phillip, right up to the present day.
The museum is open for viewing free of charge while lighthouse tours are being conducted by the licensed commercial tour operator.
Accommodation within Cape Schanck Lighthouse Resereve is currently unavailable.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria
On Australia Day 2018 take a 30 minute tour of the historic 1859 Cape Schanck Lighthouse with The Lady of History team. Hear about the history of the Lighthouse, how the lighthouse operates, experience the spectacular view into Bass Strait and discover the Cape Schanck Museum. Meet Aaarrabella, the Piratess…
30 minute tour of the historic 1859 Cape Schanck Lighthouse with The Lady of History team. Hear about the history of the 21 metre high Lighthouse, how the lighthouse operates, experience the spectacular view into Bass Strait and across to Port Phillip Bay Heads from the Lighthouse Balcony. Discover the…