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.
CAPE OTWAY, 30kms to the west of Apollo Bay sits 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 It has now been replaced by a low powered solar light in front of the original tower which displays three white flashes every 18 seconds.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
Where To Stay
Great Ocean Ecolodge
The Great Ocean Ecolodge is a social enterprise, established and operated by the Conservation Ecology Centre. All profits raised through ecotourism are invested into wildlife conservation.
Bimbi Park Camping Under Koalas
Bimbi Park Camping Under Koalas is located in Cape Otway, at the centre of the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk.
What To See and Do
Cape Otway Lightstation
Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia's most important lighthouse. The light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea cliffs 90 metres above where Bass Straight and the Southern Ocean collide.
Great Ocean Road Shuttle
Great Ocean Road Shuttle service the inconic Great Ocean Walk - find out how they can help you