Lighthouses

Historic sites

4WD

Escape the heat this summer

Exploring nature doesn’t have to mean a whole day in the summer sun. Escape the heat by exploring historic sites and lighthouses or take all in that nature has to offer in a four-wheel drive.  

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Lighthouses

If you want a coastal escape with a dose of history, then why not visit one of Victoria’s lighthouses. You’ll be rewarded with refreshing coastal breezes and incredible views. You can learn about local history and in some cases, even stay the night!

Find out more on our lighthouses page.



Popular lighthouses:

A mother and daughter talking to a Parks Victoria Ranger at the Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Cape Schanck

Cape Schanck offers stunning landscapes; the mystery of dramatic volcanic features, unspoilt and wild beaches and scenic walking tracks with spectacular ocean views. It is also a site of rich European history with its heritage listed lighthouse precinct.
The lighthouse keeper's cottage and lighthouse at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Wilsons Promontory Lightstation

The perfect place to witness the Prom’s rugged coastal environment while staying in self-contained dormitory-style or private cabin accommodation. The Lightstation can only be reached on foot (minimum 19.1km one way). The walk is challenging (5-6 hours), requiring a high level of fitness.
A mother, father and their two young daughts gaze out at the sea from the lookout point of the lighthouse.

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Situated deep within Croajingolong National Park, the Point Hicks Lighthouse now offers a unique holiday experience for those who want to stay in one of the keepers cottages, which are now comfortable, self-contained holiday accommodation.

Historic Sites

Take a break from the summer sun by visiting a historic site. Early about early settlement at Werribee Mansion, take a cave tour at Buchan Caves or learn about our defence history at Point Nepean National Park.

Uncover more history on our historic sites page.



Popular historic sites:

The interior of the historic Werribee Park Mansion.

Werribee Mansion

Victorian era mansion built by wealthy pastoralists, the Chirnside family, in 1877.
A group of children on a tour in the State Coal Mine.

State Coal Mine

Offering an inexpensive day trip for the whole family, the State Coal Mine is an historic Gippsland attraction that fosters an understanding of Australia's cultural heritage with an authentic underground experience. Entry to the site is free above ground where you can follow the heritage walk among historic buildings.
A retired coulpe chat with a Parks Victoria Ranger at Fort Nepean.

Point Nepean historic highlights

Point Nepean is one of Victoria's most popular heritage sites, boasting a fascinating collection of historic buildings located in dramatic coastal scenery. Explore Fort Nepean and the Quarantine Station on foot or on a hired bike - and enjoy a picnic overlooking Port Phillip. This is a fantastic daytrip near Melbourne.
Mother and young daughter look at the rock formations in the Fairy Cave at Buchan Caves Reserve.

Buchan Caves Reserve

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock

Four-wheel driving

Plan your adventure by visiting our four-wheel driving page.



Popular places for four-wheel driving:

A four wheel drive is parked to the side of a a sandy track at Wyperfeld National Park with a cloudy sky overhead.

Wyperfeld National Park

Located in the flat, semi-arid north-western corner of Victoria, Wyperfeld is one of Australia's most fascinating national parks.
A 4WD in Bunyip State Park.

Four-wheel driving in Howqua Hills Historic Area

There are many four-wheel drive tracks to explore taking you further into the High Country. Howqua Hills Historic Area is a great base to explore further into the Alpine National Park and surrounding State Forest.
A couple walk along the Bogong High Plains near Mt Nelse.

Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is an adventure-lover’s dream. Hike Victoria’s highest mountain ranges, explore wildflower draped landscapes on horseback or head out on world-class mountain bike trails
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