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Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

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Long walk / Multi day walk
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Wilsons Promontory Lightstation was built in 1859 from local granite on a narrow peninsula jutting into the wild waters of Bass Strait.

In the 1800s supplies were delivered to the lighthouse by ship every six months and there was no communication with the outside world. Families, often with children, had the lonely but vital task of keeping the light burning, saving both ships and lives.


Today, visitors can taste a little of the lighthouse keeper lifestyle by staying in three cottages next to the lighthouse.

Part of the appeal of the Lightstation is its remoteness as visitors can only reach it on foot.  Walkers can choose between the inland route via Telegraph Saddle car park (19.1km one way) or the coastal route from Tidal River via Oberon Bay (23.8km one way).

external view of lightstation accommodation

Each cottage has a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen with oven, hotplates, microwave, fridge, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.

Cottage 2 sleeps up to twelve guests and Cottage 5 sleeps up to eight. Both cottages have shared common areas with modern bathrooms and kitchens.

Lightstation cottage kitchen facilities
Lightstation cottage shared kitchen facilities

Bedrooms sleep two or four guests. The bedding is single bunk beds with a mattress and a pillow. Visitors need to supply their own linen or sleeping bags as well as towels. Doonas are availble for hire for a small fee.

dormitory-style accommmodation
Single bunk bed accommodation

Banks Cottage delivers exclusive use of a fully self-contained cottage with queen sized bed, private bathroom and outstanding views from the open planned living room. All linen and towels are provided.

Cottage 4 bedroom
Banks Cottage bedroom

Cottage 4 lounge and kitchen
Banks Cottage lounge and kitchen

All food must be brought in and all rubbish must be taken out. There is no minimum stay but a two night maximum stay applies.

View the collection records for Wilsons Promontory Lightstation here

Lightstation Tours

Tours are held each afternoon by request.


Advance booking is required. You can book online or call parks Victoria on 13 1963

Book your stay

All hikers must check in at the Tidal River Visitors Centre prior to departing for safety and emergency purposes.

Hike times

The following track completion times are intended as a guide for hikers. Completion times may vary significantly depending on an individual’s or group’s overall fitness and hiking experience.

Southern Prom Hikes Difficulty Time Distance
Overall return hike to Light Station via Oberon Bay and Little Waterloo Bay, return via Telegraph Track Easy to Hard 17 hours (3 - 4 nights) 51.7km
Overall Tidal River to Sealers Cove via Light Station, Little Waterloo camp and Refuge Cove, return via Waterloo Track Easy to Hard 26 hours (5 - 6 nights) 78.5km