In the first week of December, we booked the only two rooms available for our (3 adults) one night stay at The Cape Otway Lightstation, on the 27th December - the OLK rooms.
I tried to get info from the web about these rooms, to no avail. All I knew, was, they were some of the only beds available on the entire Great Ocean Road at $150 each with a 30 meter walk to the loo. I had read the reviews and adopted my travel mantra - "if your not being picked up by a limo and taken to a Hilton, you need to remain flexible"
OK, we arrived at the car park and got sorted at the tourist kiosk, through the gate and were escorted to our rooms, oops the beds weren't made up. No problems we were directed to the cafe and were treated to three free rounds of devonshire tea, scones, jam and cream - and that was just fine with us! So here we, are our room tariff included entry into the park x 3 and with the scones we're up about $80 ( if you intended to pay that entry fee and were happy with scones for lunch)
The building consists of two original workers rooms next to each other with a store room at the end (built 1848) rooms are about 3.6mx3.6m with 600mm thick walls (12'x12'x 2'thick) freshly painted, a door, a window, fire place, side table, heater, washbowl and towels, great king double bed and linen.
So, as the chap that showed us our rooms said, "they is, what they is" We thought they were great! You had to walk 30 meters to the "porta loos" and the washing was in a bowl of cold water, but were staying in a building 168 year old, what history! (note - there are better levels of accommodation and camping available)
So after our exploration of the Light House, Telegraph Station, Aboriginal Centre (and an attempt at the Didgeridoo) we saw the last of the day visitors leave and we took over the tables outside the cafe for our champagne, sunset diner. (we even obtained an additional bottle of wine after the cafe had closed)
After a solid nights sleep, we walked even further afield, WW2 concrete bunkers, cliff top views and back for a soild home made breakfast (note - Toola the cafe chef/boss makes wonderful home made bread)
We found everyone friendly and they all had their distinctive personalities (note - some visitors from overseas may be helped by a bit of research into the "laconic Australian" - if that doesn't help, see mantra above)
Summary - an excellent overnight stop for anyone vaguely interested in history and a well positioned stop on the G.O.R
- Also Known As:
- Head Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage B&B Cape Otway, Great Otway National Park, Australia