Cape Otway Lightstation was one of our first stops along the Great Ocean Road. It was where we really got to see the coastal shores South Australia is proud of.
The highlight of the park was obviously Cape Otway Lighthouse, which is Australia’s oldest working lighthouse, operating since 1848!! If the lighthouse doesn’t look its age, the other sights in the park would provide proof.
Cape Otway Lightstation
Otway Lighthouse Rd, Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia
Opening hours: 0900 – 1700
Entrance fees: $19.50 (Adults), $17.50 (Concession)
If there aren’t too many people walking up and down the walkway, you’ll be able to get a clear shot right in front of the lighthouse! Just like we did.
You get to climb up the 20-metre tall lighthouse by the small and narrow staircase (which mostly just made me feel dizzy), and get to enjoy the great coastal view from above!
It is also mad windy up there, so hold onto your hats or scarfs, or anything that could possibly fly out of your hands. I wore a cap to keep my hair from flying all over, but I ended up having to hold on to my cap as well.
It was a pretty large area to walk around. There was a café, and a lookout point (sort-of), where you could see the lighthouse from afar. There was also a Telegraph Station, and a WWII Radar Station, which dates way back, to show the long history of the place.
We also went into a small exhibition house where the indigenous culture and the dinosaur history was shared. Little tidbits of information and history that made the place a tad more interesting!
We also did a little walkabout in the foresty area through the park. The path goes in a loop, so we could exit after walking through the area. It was a nice breezy walk, and the trees shielded us from the crazy sun rays!
The drive towards Cape Otway Lightstation was really serene and quiet, other than the occasional commotions by the side of the road when people spot a wild koala!
If you’re driving, I advise you to keep your eyes on the road at all times. BUT, all the passengers should keep their eyes up in the trees to spot a wild koala hugging a tree branch. I’ve never really seen a koala climb a tree, and it was amazing to see them so high up a tree! They looked pretty inactive in general haha.
I think the biggest highlight of our visit to Cape Otway was our drive towards the Lightstation. A guide at Geelong told us that wild koalas could be spotted on the trees by the side of the road! I’ve seen so many koalas on my multiple trips to Australia, but they were always in sanctuaries or the zoo.
I didn’t know what exactly to imagine when I thought of wild koalas in the trees. But omg they were so cute!!! *-* I shall only share one clear photo of the koala, and omit the other hundreds of photos of the other koalas. They looked so cute hugging the trees!!! But your eyes got to be really sharp!
Our visit to Cape Otway was a real good one, and a great start to our Great Ocean Road experience 🙂 It’s a must-visit!!! And you really get to see loads of wild koalas, you won’t have to pay to see one!