A few years ago this was a popular tour of the lighthouse with accommodation in two buildings and a museum. All of the buildings are still there, but there is no tour of the lighthouse, no accommodation anymore. Several of the buildings are empty and there is a museum which you can tour on your own.
This is not why you should visit Cape Schanck. You need to walk down the steps to the water. It is a few hundred steps, but it has spectacular views from the top and many places to explore at the bottom.
There are also two fantastic walks. One begins at the Fingal Beach Parking lot. You walk along the cliff edge to Cape Schanck and it is a lovely hour walk each way with spectacular cliff views. You need to be reasonably fit.
The other walk is from Cape Schanck to Bushrangers Bay. This two is a beautiful cliff edge walk and takes about an hour each way. Bushrangers Bay has spectacular beaches similar to the beaches at Wilson's Prom.
The path for both walks is good but watch out for snakes. My wife nearly stepped on a Tiger Snake last year. If you hear birds above making a fuss, there may be a snake on the ground nearby.
If you are unfit, you may want to walk 200 metres to the top of the lookout to Cape Schanck. If you are fit you may want to park at Fingal Beach and walk all the way to Bushrangers Bay and back or have a car meet you.
There is plenty of free parking, picnic tables, seats for resting and clean bathrooms. There was a kiosk at Cape Schanck a few years ago, but sadly it is gone.
Bring a picnic if you like or a barbecue. There is a great barbecue at Fingal Beach and it says there is a barbecue at Cape Schanck but I haven't seen it.
Hopefully I have earned a helpful tick from you. Enjoy your day there and find accommodation somewhere else.
- 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
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