Otway Standing sentinel over the great Southern
Ocean for the last 150 years, the historic lighthouse
at Cape Otway has born silent witness to great sea-faring
dramas and shipwrecks, as well as the evolution of
this beautiful promontory at the foot of the Otway
Ranges. Built to aid sailing ships in their passage
through the 86 km “eye of the needle”
between Cape Otway and King Island, the lighthouse
today endures, tall and proud, as a popular tourist
The Cape itself has a distinct ecology, with the tall
Otway eucalypt forest replaced by the wonderfully
gnarled and twisted manna gums, messmates and other
smaller flora that thrive in the rolling sand-hill
Bird and animal life is prolific with parrots, whistlers,
kookaburras, owls, ocean birds, wallabies, koalas,
echidnas, kangaroos, possums and platypus finding
a haven in the relative isolation of the Cape.
The beaches too, are among the most spectacular along
the coast. Station beach, to the West, with the magic
Rainbow Waterfalls cascading onto the sands is particularly
lovely, though not easily accessible. To the East
Parker River, Point Franklin and Blanket Bay, with
its excellent campground, provide more convenient
Perhaps most exciting of all is the chance to experience
a history of the Cape that is far older and deeper
than the last 150 years. A history of time when dinosaurs
roamed the land; a history of time when the Katabanut
Aboriginal people dwelt in peace and abundance on
the land. A sad history of greed and murder.
Feel it in the earth, hear it on the wind, watch the
eternal stellar spectacle that lights the night sky.
And know the uniqueness of Cape Otway.