Cape Otway Lightstation (Great Otway National Park)

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Cape Otway Lightstation (Great Otway National Park)

Built in 1848 this is the oldest surviving lighthouse on the mainland and a welcome beacon for ships navigating treacherous Bass Strait. Explore heritage buildings, hear tales of the Cape, Aboriginal culture or climb the lighthouse, stepping out on the balcony for unforgettable Southern Ocean views.

How to get there

Cape Otway Lightstation (Great Otway National Park)

Facilities

Carpark
Lookout
Toilets

Need to know

Cape Otway Lightstation (Great Otway National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No camping
  • No drones without a permit
  • Fees apply
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No firearms allowed

Warnings

    • None applicable

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Kalimna Tramline link Walk is closed

The Kalimna Tramline link walk is closed due to damage to a pedestrian bridge. Walkers can still access the Lower Kalimna Waterfall via the Kalimna Falls Walking Track, which starts at Sheoak Picnic Area. 

Upper Kalimna Falls are Closed

The Upper Kalimna Falls viewing platform and access track are closed due to damage to the platform. Walkers can still access the Lower Kalimna Waterfall via the Kalimna Falls Walking Track, which starts at Sheoak Picnic Area. 

Garvey Track is Closed

Garvey Track is closed due to damage. Sharps Track is a suitable detour if required. 

Gentle Annie Track Closure

Gentle Annie track is closed to vehicles between Moggs Creek Track and Old Coach Road while road upgrades are taking place. This closure will be in place until June 2022. As works progress, more targeted closures will also include restricting access to walkers, bike riders and horse riders to ensure public safety is maintained. Further closures will be communicated through the Parks Victoria website. These closures are flexible based on local conditions and contractor movements. 

Cora Lynn Walk-in Campsite closed due to hazardous trees.

Cora Lynn Walk-in Campsite is closed due to hazardous trees.

Seasonal road closures 2022

Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

Lifejackets Required For Rock Fishers from March 1, 2022

A two-year trial of new laws that require rock fishers to wear a lifejacket at high-risk locations will commence on 1 March 2022.
 
For Great Otway National Park this includes:
  • Artillery Rocks, west of Lorne
  • The rock platform opposite Sheoak Falls, south of Lorne

This factsheet includes maps of the affected areas.
 
Fines apply if you don’t wear a lifejacket at these sites.
 
To find out more, visit Victorian Fisheries Authority 

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