The Cape Otway light station is about 30 minutes drive from Apollo Bay on The Great Ocean Road along the way to the Twelve Apostles. Turn left onto Otway Lighthouse Road (clearly signed); it is 11km of unsealed road to the light station. About half way along this road is an area identified as ‘Bimby Park’ where you are guaranteed to see Koalas.
The lighthouse was built in the 1850’s in response to significant loss of life in shipwrecks along the southern coast, particularly in the area of The Twelve Apostles. The light station consists of a number of buildings that housed the light keeper’s family, stock, telegraph station and work sheds. Climbing to the light deck provides a panoramic view of ocean and coast. On wilder days you can sometimes see the clashing currents that Apollo Bay fishermen call ‘the mad mile’.
The Great Ocean Walk weaves through the Cape Otway Lightstation. There is a 2km easy walk on gravel that leads to a lookout with views across to the lighthouse and the sea. Visit the historic cemetery which illustrates starkly the harsh conditions experienced by all who built and lived at the light station in the 1800’s. The building project began with tragedy with a ship’s boat sinking while attempting a landing. Stonemasons and crew drowned in the wild seas.
The light station is open from 9am to 5pm every day and there is a cafe serving snacks and meals all day.Tweet
Traveller Experiencing Cape Otway Lightstation
These are photos and occasionally videos that people have uploaded to Instagram with #capeotwaylighthouse, while enjoying their holiday along the Great Ocean Road