12 October 2018
CHASING LIGHTHOUSESby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Chasing lighthouses along the Great Ocean Road, how many have you ticked off? With so many sights to see along the Great Ocean Road, stopping off at any of these with give you a new insight into the history of tragic shipwrecks on our rugged coastline and panoramic views worthy of a selfie.
Split Point lighthouse
A trip down our own memory lanes has our first lighthouse from the kids show Round the Twist high in our sights soaring above the cliff tops of Aireys Inlet. With draw dropping 360-degree views across the Great Ocean Road, Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary and the Otways, the guided tour is must for not only those of the famous show.
Cape Otway Lightstation
After you climb the steep staircase to the peak at this one, you will be rewarded with the salty sea air smacking you in the face to take your light house adventure to the next level. If that’s not enough to entice you, how about listening to tales of tragic shipwrecks from one of the many passionate guides, explore the vast grounds with Aboriginal cultural sites and WWII bunkers, followed by fueling your belly at the Lightkeepers café.
Flagstaff Hill Lighthouses
You guessed it, there is more than one Lighthouse that sits down from the picturesque seaside city of Warrnambool. These red and white working ladies are Lady Bay High and Lady Bay Low. Both now sit as part of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, with Lady Bay High open to the public for guided tours as part of the museum. Why not spend the night in the original Warrnambool Masters House, the Lighthouse Lodge.
Griffiths Island Lighthouse
With superb coastal scenery and an easy short walk around the island, you can ascend the Lighthouse on Sundays to enjoy even further magnificent views. This small island itself encompasses the abundance of birdlife on the wetlands, including the large colony of short-tailed shearwaters (otherwise known as ‘mutton birds’) through the spring and summer months.
Cape Nelson Lighthouse
A witness to many high sea dramas in the 1800's, this truly magnificent lighthouse is still in operation today. The daily guided tours with enthralled stories of shipwrecks that lie in the depths in the Southern Ocean off Cape Nelson will have your heart racing. The added pleasure of on site accommodation and Isabella's cafe serving delicious cakes are an extra warm welcome must at the end of the Lighthouse journey.