Cape Otway Lightstation Australia's Most Important Lighthouse Awesome Views, Amazing History

Open every day except Christmas day, 9am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm. From December 26th to January 14th, open until 6pm, last entry 5.30pm.
Adults – $19.50, Concession – $17.50, Children (school students) – $7.50, Family (2 adults 4 children) – $49.50, Pre-school children – Free.

Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving and most important lighthouse in mainland Australia.

Built in 1848, the lighthouse perches on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide.

Hundreds of lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway – a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation on the coast at the foot of the impenetrable forests of the Otways.

For many thousands of 19th century migrants, who spent months travelling to Australia by ship, Cape Otway was their first sight of land after leaving Europe.

Climb to the observation deck at the top of the lighthouse to enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic coast and waters, where you will get a feel for the weather of the Roaring Forties, which made this lighthouse essential for the safety of ships and their passengers.

Surrounded by the rich habitats and abundant wildlife of the Great Otway National Park, this iconic tourist attraction is the highlight of the Great Ocean Road, but there’s so much more to see and do within the Lightstation’s heritage precinct.

You can spend a whole day exploring the Whale Interpretive site, the Indigenous Cultural Centre, our historic Telegraph Station and a secret World War Two Radar Bunker.

Be part of the experience

Explore the Lightstation on YouTube. We’ve just commissioned a new video, including drone footage – have a look at our videos page.


It is a sensational place to stay and a vital piece of Australia’s heritage.