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Cape Nelson lighthouse

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Address: Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape...

Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape Nelson, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse precinct comprises the 35 meter tall lighthouse, the cosy Isabella's cafe, and two exquisitely renovated assistant lighthouse keeper's cottages available as accommodation.These historic buildings have been elegantly restored and now comprise two separate two-bedroom cottages.The cottages are ideal for a secluded couple's get away, families, or groups! The precinct is located within Cape Nelson State Park and is surrounded by spectacular views, excellent walking tracks, and tours of the historic lighthouse run daily.Isabella's cafe, located in the old stables, offers morning and afternoon tea and gourmet lunches daily.Each cottage includes two bedrooms with queen sized beds, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge room with TV, DVD and an open fire place. All properties include free Wi-Fi, reverse cycle air conditioning and breakfast of cereal, milk, eggs, bacon, toast and condiments, as well as tea and coffee. About the area:Cape Nelson is a well known whale spotting area - observe from the cliffs or climb to the top of the lighthouse to spot southern wright whales in the middle of the year and blue whales in summer months! Dolphins and seals are sometimes spotted in the water as well! As we are located on the Great South West Walk, we are surrounded by kilometers of walking tracks through bush, beaches and cliffs. The area is rich in native wildlife, including kangaroos and wallabies, echidnas, koalas, and is close to Australia's only mainland Gannet breeding colony. The beaches around Portland are also well known for having great surf for all levels at any time of year, so make sure to bring boards and wetsuits!

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Great views, gorgeous operational lighthouse

I am a sucker for a lighthouse. This beautiful lighthouse became operational in 1884. It is made from sturdy volcanic basalt/ bluestone which has been rendered over and painted... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Woodend, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a sucker for a lighthouse. This beautiful lighthouse became operational in 1884. It is made from sturdy volcanic basalt/ bluestone which has been rendered over and painted white. Interestingly there is also a large constructed white wall that has been built that was intended to protect the light house keepers from the gale force winds. This is a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

-You can visit anytime for free and roam around the grounds -If you want to visit the cafe or go on a tour CHECK opening & tour times before hand -be prepared for windy conditions- it is on the notorious Southern Ocean -great area for views, sunrise, sunset and the night sky in clear conditions We enjoyed the sunset (with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lighthouse and its panoramic views are amazing. Amazing as well was the coffee shop besides the lighthouse which is run very neatly and serves very good coffee and perfect cakes. Definitely a must join when you're in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Approx 15km out of town, the lighthouse is one of the highlights of the region. Not all that much to do there, but the views are pretty great. There are a couple of walking tracks nearby - but you'll need a decent map to find them! There isn't much shade around & the white Lighthouse paint reflects a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Loved the drive out to the light house and the short walk in the fresh sea air up to it was fantastic. Pity the cafe wasn't open for coffee it looked quaint.

Thank renes75
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Really well set up, very friendly people (unsure if it was the caretaker or cafe staff) and views for days! Well worth a visit to step back in time.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Love the lighthouse. Love the little quaint cafe. Love the view and the scenery. Even loved the drive out there. Didn't love the staffs attitude. Seemed like we were an inconvenience to them. Kept sighing and rolling their eyes. Great food and coffee but come on guys be a little bit more positive!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived after the last guided tour. Really 2 tours a day is not enough during this time of year.and the cafe was to be ooen from 10am till 4pm so not true. The cafe was closed. With the amount of peoole there there could have been another tour or 2 at least. We will come back next year but... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We arrived at the lighthouse after the last guided tour was finished; however there were no staff about nor was the café opened to be able to ask questions or get a refreshments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This location never gets boring. The sea is forever changing one day waves are huge other days it might be calmer. Likewise on a cloudy overcast day the lighthouse looks different from a day of blue sky's or an evening with vibrant red skies. The views are amazing and the many walks along the scenic road in from Portland are... More 

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