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Cape Nelson lighthouse

Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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This is definitely worth taking a look. It is not far from Portland and easy to walk around. Great... read more

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Was recommended by information tourist centre. As we arrived around 4.30pm, she suggested we go to... read more

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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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Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is definitely worth taking a look. It is not far from Portland and easy to walk around. Great views out to sea also. There is a cafe there but it was shut as we were there late afternoon. You can also team this up...More

Thank MareeGriffin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was recommended by information tourist centre. As we arrived around 4.30pm, she suggested we go to the lighthouse to watch the sunset. So we hurry to check in to our accommodation before heading off to the lighthouse which was 19 mins from Portland town. On...More

Thank Frankie H
Reviewed 13 August 2017

A short drive from Portland is Cpe Nelson Lighthouse. It has a cafe, and accommodation but we took a packed lunch and just enjoyed the views. Tours were available also.

Thank DebbieK59
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a great place to endure the gusts of wind in the winter but rug up warm. In the summer it is a great place to get a cooling breeze while you wander around taking photos.

Thank Eddie2891951
Reviewed 8 August 2017

A great place to visit, the lighthouse is very impressive and looks stunning, especially in the late afternoon with the sun lower on the horizon, and provides excellent photographic opportunities, along with coast visible from the viewing platform.

Thank JPKMelbourne
Reviewed 28 July 2017

This is another good spot to see the whale migration along the south coast. Unfortunately we didn't see any, but the rainbows that preceded the rain clouds were . . . wow. The lighthouse is worth going up, but only opened at certain times, information...More

Thank Billy007863
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Portland area is where you may see whales in the season ....the lighthouse is one area ...as well as the lighthouse the panoramas are great

Thank 77smiley
Reviewed 25 June 2017

We took the tour up the lighthouse, the guide was very knowledgeable and and was happy to answer questions.

Thank pazDunedin
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

The 200 km Great Southern Walk is a bit daunting but part of it goes by the Cape Nelson Lighthouse. This is a spectacular walk along cliffs with waves crashing underneath. There are no guard rails, so I wouldn't recommend this if your kids are...More

Thank Helen A
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We did a very informative tour of Cape Nelson Lighthouse which is one of the tallest in Australia. There is a brilliant cafe and also magnificent walks in the area. Highly recommend!

Thank sandi28
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30 October 2016|
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Response from habanachooky | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get in here at night time all along the cape 😊😊😊
18 September 2016|
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Response from Jennifer S | Reviewed this property |
We did not arrive there till after 2 p.m. Apparently tours run from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. We did enquire how long a tour took & were informed approx 1 hour or so. You can obtain further information from the Portland... More