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“If you don't want to pay the high entrance fee, you cannot even see the outside of the lighthouse”

Cape Otway Lightstation
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US$230.08*
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Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road plus...
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open daily 9am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) Climb to the top of the tower and enjoy amazing views 90 metres above the ocean. Built in 1848 the Lighthouse is the oldest remaining lighthouse on mainland Australia. Explore the Aboriginal Talking Hut and spend time with our guides to gain an understanding of a rich, ancient and continuing culture. Discover the important role of the Telegraph Station built in 1859. Learn of the role of the Radar Bunker protecting this coast in WWII Enjoy freshly made scones in our cafe -served in the original Assistant Lightkeepers house. A range of accommodation suiting couples, families/groups is also available.
Reviewed 20 August 2014

How very disappointing! After visiting the splendid Split Point Lighthouse, we looked forward to touring the Cape Otway lighthouse.
After a long drive off the Great Ocean Road, we were not even able to see the lighthouse from the outside without paying the steep close to $20 per person entrance fee.
Be warned, travellers! I expect the powers that be think that if you have made the journey you will just put up with the fees and visit the lighthouse! You have got it wrong - us well travelled Aussies don't like being exploited.

6  Thank WellTravelledAussie2
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Saw a lot of koala on the way to the park, made up for the extortionate rate they are charging to walk around the area around the light house.
Who wants to pay twenty dollars each!! Rip off.

4  Thank Mandy L
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

On a stormy winter day, the lighthouse visit was great. Also Koala bears in the woodland drive to the Cape.

Thank paljoeytrip
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

I guess it's nice to say that you've been to the lighthouse, and it's history is interesting, but a $20 entry fee is a bit ridiculous!! The cafe there is extremely overpriced too!! I paid about $35 for 2 coffees and a Shepard's pie....they are clearly taking advantage of hungry unprepared travellers that have no other option after the long drive!!!

3  Thank Alison T
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Arrived here early and it was quiet but allowed us to have a good look around. There is a fair amount of information to look at and take in with people having been stationed out there for a long time. The light station itself was the highlight and amazing views with the man inside happy to answer any questions. It is a bit expensive for what it is but there is nothing else quite like it.

Thank John S
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