Cape Otway Lighthouse
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Lighthouse and area are open until 5 p.m. Afterwards the whole area is closed. There isn't any chance to watch the sunrise or sunset at this remote and dramatically located lighthouse.
Our campground was nearby and even after 6 and 7 p.m. we saw several people driving to the lighthouse and mostly from far away. The entrance fee is expensive; almost 20 AUD per adult. In our opinion, a 7 AUD fee and a box to put the money in like in other National Parks would be more appropriate. They could charge an additional fee for a guided tour inside the lighthouse.
There are two options to see the lighthouse without paying the exorbitant entrance fee.
- One option is after the grid and the white fence (picture attached). We parked the car at the Otway sign and followed the footpath direction towards the coast. After a few minutes, we hit the Great Ocean Walk and went to the right. After 10 minutes you can see the lighthouse at the coast.
- To see it from the other side it is a short walk to the right before the lighthouse entrance. Of course, these both options are not as good as seeing it from the inside.
The day before we tried to see the sunset at the lighthouse. We were annoyed that the whole area is completely closed after 5 p.m. and we were not the only ones.