Cape Otway Lightstation is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victoria and is a must see for everyone travelling along the Great Ocean Road. The Lightstation was built in 1848 and is Australia’s oldest, surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia. As with all lightouses its original purpose was to warn ships of the treacherous coastline but its primary services have now been replaced with various modern technologies. For many of our early immigrants the coastline near the lighthouse would have been their very first land sighting after a very long, ocean voyage from Europe. The lighthouse is now a major tourist attraction with guided tours available on a regular basis and is one of the must sees on this amazing coastline. The surrounding historical buildings which include the lightkeepers’ residences, a telegraph station and a radar room are all open to the public. Visitors to the Lightstation can still climb the spiral of stairs to the very top ( if they are not afraid of heights! ) and the views from the top are nothing short of spectacular. During the winter months Cape Otway is one of the best spots to be on the lookout for whales as they make their way down the coast to calve at Logan’s Beach in Warrnambool.