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. 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.