Only 14 km from the Great Ocean Road, this extensive complex includes the oldest surviving officially built lighthouse on the Australian mainland.While entry to Great
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Only 14 km from the Great Ocean Road, this extensive complex includes the oldest surviving officially built lighthouse on the Australian mainland.
While entry to Great Otway National Park is free the lightstation is leased from Parks Victoria and operated as a private business. Entry fees apply. For further information visit Cape Otway Lighstation
Specialist tours - Cape Otway Lightstation
(must be prebooked)
- Guided tours of the 18 metre Lighthouse Tower are conducted daily - commencing at 9:30 AM.
- Koori Tours - you can visit the significant locations near the Lightstation where an experienced Koori guide explains the history, culture and foods of the Koori people who once lived on the Cape.
- Palaeontology (Prehistoric plants and animals) Tours - this area has become renowned by palaeontologists for the study of at least seven different types of disosaurs including the Polar Dinosaurs which are unique to the area.
Cape Otway is just over 200 km from Melbourne. From Melbourne take the Princes Highway to Geelong, then the Great Ocean Road through Lorne and Apollo Bay. 16 km west of Apollo Bay turn left onto Lighthouse Road. The Lightstation is 13 km from the Great Ocean Road turnoff (Melway ref: 526 J10).
For further information visit Cape Otway Lighstation or call 5237 9240
(For visitors with mobility limitations)
Access is via Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway.
The facilities and attractions in the Cape Otway Lighthouse precinct include the historic lighthouse and beacon, Telegraph Station, the Head Lighthouse Keeper's House, a whale interpretive area, an Indigenous cultural display, café and public toilets.
There is designated sealed parking for standard sized vehicles and for longer vehicles and buses.
There are two designated accessible parking bays located near the entrance to the precinct for standard sized vehicles. One is for side disembarking and the other is for rear disembarking. Both have a small cross slope.
There are several standard toilet cubicles and a unisex accessible toilet at the precinct carpark. These are situated outside the lighthouse precinct and can be accessed via a short path leading from the carpark.
The entrance to the accessible toilet cubicle is approximately 870mm wide with an inward swinging door. The door has a turnstile locking mechanism. There is ample room for manoeuvrability in the cubicle.
Railing is on the right side of the cubicle wall and extends behind the toilet. The cubicle also has a bench seat.
The wash basin is outside the toilet cubicles and is accessible for wheelchairs. It has a knob handle cold water tap and a stainless steel mirror. There is no mains power in the toilets. These are the only accessible toilets within the lighthouse precinct.