Colac Otway Web
Coastal Towns along the Great Ocean Road
Cape Otway the southern tip of Victoria's south west coast is the corridor between the Southern Ocean and
Bass Strait. The closest towns with services are Apollo Bay 32 kms north-east and Lavers Hill 36 kms north-west
along the Great Ocean Road. The spectacular green rainforests of the 12,876-hectare Otway National Park
are secluded sanctuaries for all types of wildlife. Unspoilt beaches stretch the coast from Blanket Bay to
Princetown and the 12 Apostles. Providing some of nature's best scenery the Great Ocean Road is bordered by
giant trees and graceful ferns a short way off the major roads in the heart of the Otway National Park. Here
you experience the crisp, clean air and perfume of towering eucalypts.
Only a 14 km detour from the Great Ocean Road, this is the oldest surviving officially constructed lighthouse
on the Australian mainland. Shipwrecks on the Bass Strait coast and King Island exerted pressure on the
government to build a lighthouse at Cape Otway. It was the second lighthouse constructed on mainland Australia.
It was built in 1848 built from sandstone. Guided or self-guided tours of the entire Lightstation precinct are
available to visitors. All vehicles are parked at the entrance to the Lightstation and visitors must be prepared
to walk around the site.