Community input to help guide management of Lightstation precinct

Published on 30 May 2024


Information is being sought on how the community value the Cape Otway Lightstation precinct.

The Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority wants to hear your ‘Tales of the Cape’, to help guide the future management of the iconic Lightstation.

Cape Otway is on the lands of the Gadubanud People, part of Eastern Maar Country, with rich cultural heritage and a wealth of environmental values.

We’re planning for the future conservation and management of this special site, which has been the home of the Cape Otway Lightstation since 1848.

We’re now engaging with nearby residents, visitors and those who value the Lightstation precinct to get a better understanding of its community and social values.

This information will help guide the way we manage the site.

Feedback can be provided until 16 June via an online survey at

We currently lease the site from Parks Victoria and will take on land management responsibility by 1 November 2025.

Known as the ‘Beacon of Hope’, the lighthouse is a premier attraction along the Great Ocean Road.

It is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia, and widely considered to be the most significant.

The lighthouse is also part of a larger complex of historic assets overseen by the Authority, including an 1859 Telegraph Station and a World War II Radar Bunker.

Quotes attributable to Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority Director Infrastructure and Planning, Cath Olive

“The towering Cape Otway Lightstation is one of the must-see stops on the Great Ocean Road.

“As leaseholder and future land manager of the precinct, we are committed to conserving and celebrating the fascinating history and heritage of this special place.

“We’re seeking community input to help protect and enhance the oldest surviving lighthouse on Australia’s mainland.

“We’re committed to best maintaining the site’s built, cultural and environmental heritage values, while enhancing the experience of all visitors to this iconic part of the coast.”