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Cape Nelson lighthouse

Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Loved seeing this place and would love to stay there one day

There's so much fresh air here your lungs will thank you. A viewing platform provides views back to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
camerachick3000
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Melbourne, Australia
Quite impressive

We made a quick detour out to the lighthouse. The drive out past the wind farm was quite impressive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sue-Maree W
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Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape Nelson, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse precinct comprises the 35 meter tall lighthouse, the cosy Isabella's cafe, and two exquisitely renovated assistant lighthouse keeper's cottages available as accommodation.These historic buildings have been elegantly restored and now comprise two separate two-bedroom cottages.The cottages are ideal for a secluded couple's get away, families, or groups! The precinct is located within Cape Nelson State Park and is surrounded by spectacular views, excellent walking tracks, and tours of the historic lighthouse run daily.Isabella's cafe, located in the old stables, offers morning and afternoon tea and gourmet lunches daily.Each cottage includes two bedrooms with queen sized beds, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge room with TV, DVD and an open fire place. All properties include free Wi-Fi, reverse cycle air conditioning and breakfast of cereal, milk, eggs, bacon, toast and condiments, as well as tea and coffee. About the area:Cape Nelson is a well known whale spotting area - observe from the cliffs or climb to the top of the lighthouse to spot southern wright whales in the middle of the year and blue whales in summer months! Dolphins and seals are sometimes spotted in the water as well! As we are located on the Great South West Walk, we are surrounded by kilometers of walking tracks through bush, beaches and cliffs. The area is rich in native wildlife, including kangaroos and wallabies, echidnas, koalas, and is close to Australia's only mainland Gannet breeding colony. The beaches around Portland are also well known for having great surf for all levels at any time of year, so make sure to bring boards and wetsuits!
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Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There's so much fresh air here your lungs will thank you. A viewing platform provides views back to the lighthouse and along the coast. We didn't visit the cafe but it looked lovely. The accommodation is in the old lighthouse keepers cottages and looked like...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made a quick detour out to the lighthouse. The drive out past the wind farm was quite impressive and the lighthouse itself is just what you would expect. The cottages out there looked lovely and would be a great getaway for a night or...More

Thank Sue-Maree W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great lighthouse, on rugged coast, direct drive there and scenic road back to town, old lighhouse keepers home and other buildings

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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

A must see place! The scenery is spectacular unfortunately the weather didn't play ball - blowing a gale, raining and 9 degrees but still worth it

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

A picturesque lighthouse situated in a lovely place. It is situated on the Great South West walk, where a long or short walk could be taken.

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Another lovely lighthouse with beautiful views of the coast. Has a cafe and excellent accommodation. Walks along the coast with initial section accessible to all. A lovely long drive and plenty of wildlife to see.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We just had a quick visit here on our way from Portland to Mt Gambier. The lighthouse is interesting and very scenic. Well worth a visit

1  Thank Pat B
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

The lighthouse is a short drive from Portland. Gives you some good history of the area, & how it was built. Nice views from here of the rugged coast. The is a coffee shop operating. Light house tours are available.

1  Thank KenShadler
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Cape Nelson Lighthouse is a 32 metre high red and white tower and part of Portland's historic maritime past. It was built around 1883 and is only just over 10 kms from the town of Portland. There is a café on site and some great...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

The lighthouse is a short drive from the town centre. You pass a wind farm along the way and once at the lighthouse the surrounding views are stunning. On the way we saw an echidna, then a whale when we got there. The historic buildings...More

Thank Darryl S
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psjeremy
30 October 2016|
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Response from habanachooky | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get in here at night time all along the cape 😊😊😊
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AussiesPerth
18 September 2016|
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Response from Jennifer S | Reviewed this property |
We did not arrive there till after 2 p.m. Apparently tours run from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. We did enquire how long a tour took & were informed approx 1 hour or so. You can obtain further information from the Portland... More
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