Help guide ships around the treacherous meeting of Bass Straight and the Southern Ocean.
This coastline has stories to tell of lives lived and lost of the cliffs knife edge.
Cape Otway Lightstation
The Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia's most important lighthouse. The Light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea cliffs 90 metres above where Bass Straight and Southern Ocean collide. Experience the thrill of stepping out onto the lighthouse balcony for awesome views, and hear the amazing history of tragic shipwrecks on this isolated and rugged coastline from the passionate guides.
Explore the historic Telegraph Station from 1859 and discover Australia's extraordinary secret war history from WW2.
Appreciate and understand local Aboriginal Culture at the Aboriginal Cultural Site, with stories from local guides.
The Lightkeeper's Kitchen offers coffee, homemade scones and local produce all made fresh on site.
Discounted tickets are available through your local Visitor Information Centre.
By the 1830's Bass Strait became an important part of the sea route between Europe and New South Wales, with many ships passing Cape Otway. The Cape Otway Lighthouse was built in 1848, commissioned by the New South Wales government to help ships cross the hazardous entrance of Bass Straight from the Southern Ocean.
Eight ships were wrecked along the coast of Cape Otway. These included the Marie (1851), Sacramento (1853), Schomberg (1855), Loch Ard (1878), Joseph H. Scammell (May 1891), Fiji (September 1891) and the Casino in 1932.
The wreck of the Fiji is easily spotted in the rockpools at Wreck Beach east of the Cape.
Escape to Cape Otway Lightstation and experience the tranquility of a world-class destination, with stunning views of the Southern Ocean and Australia’s most important lighthouse. Spectacular ocean views, glorious sunsets, close encounters with koalas, and the sound of the ocean will be among the highlights of your stay in our heritage accommodation.
The Lightstation is open to the public until 5pm, but once the gates close, you can enjoy the grounds and views in privacy. Ask us about a special sunset lighthouse guided tour where you will walk in the footsteps of lightkeepers and pioneers along the Great Ocean Walk with our experienced and knowledgeable local guides.
Central to all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road, the Lightstation is a great spot to base yourself for a long weekend, a week or a fortnight. Explore the Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Walk, shipwrecks, beaches, waterfalls, cool temperate rainforest and the beautiful Otways hinterland.