I'm quite the fan of lighthouses in general, more so the ones along Ireland's coastlines, but after visiting cape otway and all of its touristy knick knack front I was not thoroughly impressed given that the best part of the whole experience was the view of the sea and cliffs which u could get better viewing spots for elsewhere that weren't charged for. Capes got out in the dull box in my head, UNTIL I saw Cape Schank and all was redeemed. It just gets better and better the more you walk on along the winding platform which takes u all accross the rocks towards the water. We also saw a lovely echidna here. And sat on some steps along the boardwalk to watch the sun set over the ocean horizon line ( I highly recommend choosing ure timing for this in particular). Also, it's free of charge and has plenty of parking space. Check out the delightful harbour village of Flinders whilst ure over that neck of the woods, the esplanade side of the peninsula gets too much hype, we liked the other side and middle for its quieter secret spots and rolling golden hills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 20 acres of grounds, the Cape Schanck Lighthouse was built in 1859. The lighthouse beam sits 100 metres above sea level, and took the Lighthouse keeper and his 2 assistants 72 turns of the clockwork mechanism to wind it up every 12 hours. The special crystal lens that is still in use was made in France in 1858, and was transported over the vast oceans via sailing ship. It is now valued at more than $5million. 59 circular steps lead up inside the 21 metre high lighthouse which gives spectacular views across the cliffs and ocean to Port Philip Heads in one direction and past Phillip Island to Cape Paterson in the other.Four Cottages occupied by former lightkeepers can now be your base while you explore the Mornington Peninsula. ... more less