Welcome to Cape Otway
Cape Otway is the second-most-southerly point of mainland Australia (after Wilsons Promontory) and one of the wettest parts of the state. This coastline is particularly beautiful, rugged and historically treacherous for passing ships. The turn-off for Lighthouse Rd, which leads 12km down to the lighthouse, is 21km from Apollo Bay. It's a beautiful forested road with towering trees, which are home to a sizeable... Read More
Top experiences in Cape Otway
Cape Otway activities
3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne
Witness the majestic beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park, famed for its natural wonders. History buffs will enjoy hearing stories of the Shipwreck Coast and discovering the traditions and culture of the indigenous people, while nature lovers will revel in the great outdoors, with opportunities to see native plants and wildlife up-close in their local habitats.Day 1: Melbourne to Cape Otway (L,D)Depart from Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway. Visit the famed Torquay surf city, a beach town known for its surf culture. Stop at the lovely coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay before arriving at Australia’s oldest lighthouse on the southernmost point of Cape Otway. Continue along the Great Ocean Road and see the Shipwreck Coast, where more than 50 ships met their peril against the rugged coastline in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The most famous was the wreck of Loch Ard, when only two out of 54 people survived and for which the Loch Ard Gorge is named. See the majestic 12 Apostles, a group of limestone rocks formed by the natural elements that jut straight up out of the water.Accommodation:Port Campbell HostelDay 2: Cape Otway to the Grampians (B,L,D)Today, continue along the Great Ocean Road and explore the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands known for its ocean views, rock formations and sheer cliffs. Then discover the sleeping volcano of Tower Hill, now a wildlife sanctuary, before arriving at the foothills of the Grampians. Next visit the Brambuk Cultural Center and discover the history and culture of the Indigenous peopleAccommodation: Asses Ears Wilderness RetreatDay 3: The Grampians to Melbourne (B,L)Explore the Grampians on a guided scenic nature walk (Wonderland, Venus Baths or the Balconies); cool off at Mackenzie Falls, see panoramic views of the park from Reeds Lookout and see birdlife and native animals roam free. Return to Melbourne in the early evening.For those who wish to continue on to Adelaide, there is an option to do this with an on board fee of AUD$30 (payable direct).
Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne
The first leg of your drive takes you southwest from Melbourne to the surfing beaches of the Bellarine Peninsula and onto the Great Ocean Road. One of the world’s greatest drives, the route takes you through the seaside town of Anglesea and includes a stop for morning tea in Lorne (included), where you'll go for a walk on the beach, followed by a stop in the coastal resort of Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense).Your trip along the Great Ocean Road provides expansive views of the Southern Ocean and also takes you through the rainforests of Cape Otway, with a stop to admire the eucalyptus trees, tree ferns and beech trees. You’ll also see local bird life, including parrots, galahs and cockatoos.The route becomes wilder as the beaches are replaced by cliffs and you reach the limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park. You’ll learn why this rugged stretch is called the shipwreck coast, and see the poignant memorial to the ship called the Loch Ard, which sank at the end of its voyage from England in 1878, taking the lives of all but two survivors.The drive back to Melbourne takes you inland through Victoria’s regional farming countryside and the dairy town of Colac, to arrive back in Melbourne by early evening.As this is a private tour, you can tailor your time to spend longer at cafes, beaches, rainforest or the shipwreck coast, just tell your guide along the way!
Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne with Optional Helicopter Flight
In the morning you will be met by your guide to join your Great Ocean Road small-group tour. Being a small-group tour means there is plenty of time to get out and explore nature at its very best. Your guide will keep you informed along the way with commentary of the highlights. After departing Melbourne, travel West to the start of the Great Ocean Road with your first stop at the Memorial Arch. As you pass through the iconic seaside villages of Lorne and Apollo Bay you will gain an insight into the laid back lifestyle the Australian surf coast has to offer.Journey through the luscious surrounds of the Otway ranges and some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia. Arrive at the iconic Cape Otway lighthouse, mainland Australia's oldest surviving lighthouse and learn about Australia’s colonial history. Climb to the top of the light-station and enjoy breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait. After lunch, discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and be intrigued by the tale of the shipwreck at Loch Ard Gorge. Be awestruck by the majesty of the Twelve Apostles and descend the Gibsons Steps where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. You also have the option to incude a 15-minute helicopter flight for the opportunity to see the Twelve Apostles, Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park from the air. On this tour you will experience some of the best scenery Victoria has to offer, from stunning coastal vistas, to rolling hills and pastures of the hinterland. The Great Ocean Road will have you gasping at every turn.