Cape Otway Lightstation

Lighthouse in Cape Otway

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Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia and was built in 1848 by more than 40 stonemasons without mortar or cement. The Telegraph Station has fascinating displays on the 250km undersea telegraph cable link with Tasmania, laid in 1859. It's a sprawling complex with plenty to see, from Aboriginal cultural sites to WWII bunkers.

There's a cafe here, as well as an option to stay overnight at the lighthouse keeper's cottages.