Cape Otway Travel Guide

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Cape Otway Things to Do

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    by cjg1 Updated Jan 22, 2013

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    The Split Point Lighthouse is a highlight along the Great Ocean Road. The lighthouse is affectionately called the "White Queen" or "Great White Lady" by locals. The Lighthouse definitely stands out with its tall white structure. The views from this point are magnificent and definitely worth a stop if you are journeying through the area.

    Tours of the interior of the lighthouse are available as well.

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    Cape Otway Lighthouse

    by ahouse2003 Updated Mar 16, 2012

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    Cape Otway Lighthouse is a short drive off the Great Ocean Road. It was first lit in 1848 and was the second lighthouse completed on mainland Australia. It remains the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. There are a few trails around the lighthouse that will take you to stunning views of the Southern Ocean. There is also a little cafe, an interesting gift shop and small museum here. You can pay to take several tours as well.

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    by Kathrin_E Written Apr 22, 2009

    Cape Otway marks the point where the waters of Bass Strait meet those of the Southern Ocean. The lighthouse on the cape was built in 1848. It marked a very dangerous coastline. Ships to Melbourne had to find the 40 kms wide gap between this coast and King Island, which was a difficult task with 19th century navigation methods. Ships from Europe usually sailed far south, close to Antarctica, to make use of the west-eastern currents. After three months on the oceans the tiniest mistake in time measuring per day summed up. Many ships crashed on the cliffs west of Cape Otway which became known as "Shipwreck Coast".

    The lighthouse can be climbed. There is someone up there who explains how it works. From the gallery you have the best view of the coastline.

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Cape Otway Off The Beaten Path

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    by Steve-H Updated May 4, 2005

    If you stray off into the forest, and i can`t reccomend it as there are all sorts of nasties out there, then you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of these, a Koala bear. This one was a lot larger than we had seen on the television and had a fair bit of grey in his coat, we found him sitting in the middle of the road making a strange noise like a bark, i killed the engine and coasted slowly towards him, unfortunately the brakes were servo assisted and i only just managed to avoid parking on him.
    Steff grabbed a few pictures before he dissapeared into the bush, we weren`t going to follow him - the night before i had almost stepped on a brown snake and that could have put a serious crimp in our holiday plans.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
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