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Cape Schanck

Medium walk / Day walk
Short walk

Cape Schanck offers stunning landscapes; the mystery of dramatic volcanic features, unspoilt and wild beaches and scenic walking tracks with spectacular ocean views. It is also a site of rich European history with its heritage listed lighthouse precinct.

Follow the walking track from the carpark towards the Cape. This short circuit walk takes visitors to the start of the wooden staircase and boardwalk which descends to the beach and rock platform. Several lookouts have spectacular views over the geological formations called Pulpit Rock and the Devils Desk which were created over millions of years. Please take care on the rock platform as large un-expected waves may wash across the rocks.

The 2.6km Bushrangers Bay Track departs from the car park, providing some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne. A guide to this nature walk is available at the Cape Schanck kiosk for a small fee.

Cape Schanck Lightstation

This lightstation includes a lighthouse, museum and former lighthouse keeper's residence. The buildings were constructed from 1859 and are an excellent example of the architecture of the day.

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.

Please contact the tour provider, The Lady of History, for more information on tour dates, times and fees:

Bookings are recommended as group sizes are very limited within the lighthouse. School and group bookings are also available by prior arrangement.

Visit the Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve page for more information.

Gemstone Fossicking

Fossicking for zeolite is permitted at Cape Schanck for scientific research purposes and collection by mineralogical clubs subject to permit conditions.

To apply for a permit email and mark it for the attention of the South East Melbourne District Office Rosebud.

Accessibility information

Cape Schanck offers access to some great coastal vistas.

The carpark has designated disabled parking bays, there is an accessible toilet and picnic tables with a free side allowing room for a wheelchair to roll up to the table.

For more information about accessibility of the surrounding walks, and facilities, refer to the links in the left hand side menu.