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Cape Otway

The Otway Ranges rise steeply from the waters edge in many places
Cape Otway the southern tip of Victoria's south west coast is the corridor between the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait. The closest towns with services are Apollo Bay 32 kms north-east and Lavers Hill 36 kms north-west along the Great Ocean Road. The spectacular green rainforests of the 12,876-hectare Otway National Park are secluded sanctuaries for all types of wildlife. Unspoilt beaches stretch the coast from Blanket Bay to Princetown and the 12 Apostles. Providing some of nature's best scenery the Great Ocean Road is bordered by giant trees and graceful ferns a short way off the major roads in the heart of the Otway National Park. Here you experience the crisp, clean air and perfume of towering eucalypts.

Only a 14 km detour from the Great Ocean Road, this is the oldest surviving officially constructed lighthouse on the Australian mainland. Shipwrecks on the Bass Strait coast and King Island exerted pressure on the government to build a lighthouse at Cape Otway. It was the second lighthouse constructed on mainland Australia. It was built in 1848 built from sandstone. Guided or self-guided tours of the entire Lightstation precinct are available to visitors. All vehicles are parked at the entrance to the Lightstation and visitors must be prepared to walk around the site.

Cape Otway Lighthouse

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