Cape Otway is at the southern tip of Victoria's western coast where the Southern Ocean collides with Bass Strait. Encompassed by the Great Otway National Park, the ever-changing landscape sees rainforests and streams tumble to the coast, where they meet rugged rocky cliffs dotted with pockets of sandy beaches.
Situated 30kms to the west of Apollo Bay at the southern tip of Victoria's western coast where the Southern Ocean meets Bass Strait. The area around Cape Otway is included in the Great Otway National Park with rainforests and streams extending to the coast where a rugged coastline meets with pockets of sandy beaches. Koalas are in abundance throughout the area and are a popular attraction for visitors wishing to see these cuddly marsupials in the wild.
Cape Otway was originally inhabited by the Gadubanud people; evidence of their campsites is contained in the middens throughout the region.
CAPE OTWAY LIGHT STATION
Eight ships were wrecked along this part of the coast and hundreds of lives lost which lead to the construction of the Cape Otway Lightstation in 1846 from stone quarried at the Parker River. The lightstation was decommissioned in 1994 after being the longest continuous operating light on the Australian mainland. It has now been replaced by a low powered solar light in front of the original tower which displays three white flashes every 18 seconds. The Lightstation is open daily to visitors