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Right on the very tip of Cape Otway is the Cape Otway Lightstation. It is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia and commenced operation in 1848.
You can explore the Lightstation on your own or take a guided tour. If you are feeling fit and you are not afraid of heights you can climb to the top of the lighthouse and watch out for ships and whales.
The Lightstation is a wonderful place to take photographs of the wild Southern Ocean which surrounds Cape Otway. Whales are regular visitors to the vicinity and the managers keep a record of when and how many are spotted.
Before you even get to the Lightstation you are very likely to have seen Koalas along the Great Ocean Road. They are often seen browsing on gum leaves in the trees on the edge of the woodland on the road from Apollo Bay.
The land on which the Lightstation stands is the traditional home of the Gadabanud people and there is plenty on display around the lighthouse-keepers accommodation to learn about this isolated but resorceful aboriginal clan.
At the end of the visit you can enjoy a snack and cup of coffee in the Cafe.