Cape Otway - VIC



DEG: -38.857262 143.512634
DMS: 38º 51' 26.14" S 143º 30' 45.48" E
UTM: 54 H 5696063mN 718025mE
Altitude: 14.71m


Address & Contact

Cape Otway VIC
Phone: +613 5237 9240


Cape Otway is the most southerly point on the south coast of Victoria, west of Melbourne. Wilsons Promontory, to the eat of Melbourne is further south.

Cape Otway is all about the lighthouse, as without paying an entry fee or taking a long walk along the coastal walking path, you cannot gain a view of the lighthouse or the cliff top on which is stands.

The Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia. It was built in 1848 and stands at the top of cliffs that are relentlessly pounded by the ocean where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean. It was built in response to the substantial loss of life from ship wrecks in the area.

Charles La Trobe, the then superintendent of Port Phillip made three overland attempts at reaching Cape Otway before finding success in 1846, thanks to the help of the local Indigenous people and settlers.

The current light has a focal height above seal level of 73 metres. The original light stood at 91 meters. The original structure is the focus of tourist attention. A variety of activities are detailed on the Web page listed above.

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Closest Weather Station

Cape Otway at 21/11:00pm EST
Distance from Cape Otway 0.19km N
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Closest Climatic Station

Cape Otway Lighthouse
Distance from Cape Otway 0.19km N
Mean Max. °C21.421.620.318.015.613.613.013.815.216.918.319.9
Mean Min. °C13.313.913.211.610.
Mean Rain mm44.142.255.471.290.797.3105.3103.290.180.663.753.2

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