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Cape Otway Lighthouse
Found at the most Southern tip of the Great Ocean Raod, the light of Cape Otqay Lightstation was keenly sought by many a ship’s captain in the 1800s and early 1900s
Cape Otway1848 (Mortimer Lewis). Inactive since 1994. 20 m (65 ft) round sandstone tower, painted white. 1st order Chance Brothers Fresnel lens in use. Prinicipal keeper’s house (1857) available for overnight accommodations. Duplex assistant keeper’s house (1858), telegraph station (1859), and other historic buildings. The active light (focal plane 73 m (239 ft); three white flashes, separated by 4.5 s, every 18 s; red flashes shown over rocks close to shore) is on a 4 m (13 ft) fiberglass tower. Mike Fritz’s photo is at right,Lighthouses of Australia has historical information, Searle also has a nice page with many photos, Wikipedia’s article has a photo by Christoph Settgast, Susan Hunt has a good view, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. One of Australia’s best known, best preserved, and most visited lighthouses. Cape Otway and Cape Wickham (on King Island, Tasmania) frame the 84 km (52 mi) wide western entrance to Bass Strait, known to 19th century sailors as the Eye of the Needle. The light station, second oldest on the Australian mainland, was built as the principal landfall light for ships arriving in southeastern Australia from the Cape of Good Hope. This the second oldest lighthouse of mainland Australia, and at the time it was built the surrounding area was remote and wild. The 150th anniversary of the lighthouse was celebrated in August 1998. The station is now maintained by Parks Victoria and operated by a lessee, Tourism Great Ocean Road Pty. Ltd. Located on the cape about 20 km (12 mi) southwest of Apollo Bay. Site open, tower open to guided tours daily. Site manager: Cape Otway Lightstation. ARLHS AUS-043; Admiralty K2172; NGA 8012. -The Lighthouse Directory