Cape Otway Lighthouse on the Shipwreck Coast

Cape Otway Lighthouse on the Shipwreck Coast

Matthew Flinders wrote about this section of coastline 'I have seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline', and there have been more than 80 shipwrecks in this section of coastline, with hundreds of lives lost. No wonder it is called the 'Shipwreck Coast'! This is why the Cape Otway Lighthouse was built. It has been in continuous operation since 1848, and is the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Australian mainland. It is situated on the cliffs of Cape Otway at the entrance to Bass Strait in the Southern Ocean. For many immigrants it was their first sight of land after leaving Europe many months before. Sadly, some never set foot on the land they saw.

There are eight shipwrecks around Cape Otway, in which hundreds of lives were lost. The original light was decommissioned in 1994 and replaced with a solar powered low power light, mounted on the front of the original tower, which displays three white flashes every 18 seconds.

Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Joe Mortelliti's life long love, from when he was first given a Brownie camera as a boy, was photography. It was the focus of his work life for many years. He loved to travel with his wife Marion to as many parts of Australia as he could. He had the ability to 'see' the beauty of our land in such a way that he could photograph it for the delight of others. These photos are a legacy that he has left us. Used by permission and with appreciation.
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Sunrise rain, Cape Otway Light, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Sunrise rain, Cape Otway Light, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Cape Otway Lighthouse glows in the morning sunrise as rain approaches across Bass Straight. The dark heavy rain squall created a contrasting backdrop to the warm early morning sunrise on the stonework. These conditions changed rapidly and we only had a minute to capture it, and then it was gone. February 2003.

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Morning, Cape Otway Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Morning, Cape Otway Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Originally known as Cape Albany Otway. Named by Lieutenant James Grant while in command of the Lady Nelson, in honour of William Albany Otway Esq. Captain of the Royal Navy and one of the commissioners of the Transport Board. The Otway Ranges have the same name origin. February 2003.

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Cape Otway Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Cape Otway Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Along the Great Ocean Road Victoria there is the Cape Otway Lightstation which is worth a look as one travels along this magnificent road. Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. The light, which has been in continuous operation since 1848, is perched on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide. 2015.

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Milky Way Galaxy over Cape Otway Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Milky Way Galaxy over Cape Otway Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

The heavens declare the glory of God.

Lachlan Manley, the photographer, comments: The centre of our galaxy rising behind Cape Otway last weekend. The lighthouse is Australia's oldest existing lighthouse, second ever built in oz and is well worth a visit. May 2017

Lachlan's comments on the photography technique used are interesting: Lots of work goes into balancing exposure, colour etc in post to achieve a mix of what the eye can't see and what the camera can't see and our eyes do see. Our eyes have a much advanced dynamic range than our cameras and our cameras under long exposure can see a lot more than our eyes. i.e. colour aurora and milky way detail . This is shot at iso 10000, f4, 10 secs and iso 100, f4 at 30 secs for other frames for frames with navigational lights etc.. Its up to 18 frames merged.

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Parker River mouth and beach, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Parker River mouth and beach, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia. The afternoon sun gives a warm glow to this scene of the mouth of the Parker River. The remains of the sailing ship Eric the Red are on the beach next to the bend in the river. April 2016.

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Parker Hill Walk Track, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Parker Hill Walk Track, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia. I have once been down these steps at Parker Hill Walk Track, near Victoria's iconic Great Ocean Road. The steps lead to Parker Beach at the mouth of the Parker River. A delightful spot. We explored the wide open beach, with the remains of the sailing ship Eric the Red clearly visible - see pic below. But by the time I reached the top of the steps again I said to my hosts 'Thanks for taking me there. I reckon that's the last time I'll be able to do those steps'. September 2015.

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Parker Beach, with the remains of the ship 'Eric the Red', Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Parker Beach, with the remains of the ship 'Eric the Red', Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia. Parker Beach is a delightful place to explore. You can see the remains of the ship Eric the Red clearly in the foreground. September 2015.

Eric the Red was a wooden ship of about 1580 tons displacement, from New York, with a cargo for the Melbourne Exhibition of October 1880. She was wrecked on the Otway Reef and broke up in 15 minutes. The remains of the wreck were later driven into the the mouth of the Parker River in a storm, where they remain to this day.

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Great Ocean Walk, Blanket Bay, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Great Ocean Walk, Blanket Bay, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia. The section of the Great Ocean Walk from Blanket Bay to the Parker Inlet. The Parker Hill Walk Track - see previous pic - is also part of the Great Ocean Walk. April 2016.

The Great Ocean Walk is the premier long distance walk in Victoria. It runs alongside the iconic Great Ocean Road for about 100 kilometres, from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. It can be completed as a 7 or 8 day walk, or any part can be done separately. There is quite a variety of different country if goes through, from beach to forest to open grassland/ farmland, sand dunes, cliffs - complete with fossils! - crashing surf and safe swimming beaches. Koalas, kangaroos, peregrine falcons ... just some of the wildlife you'll see.

Copyright © Willem Schultink

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Blanket Bay from the Great Ocean Walk, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

Blanket Bay from the Great Ocean Walk, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia. The section of the Great Ocean Walk from Blanket Bay to the Parker Inlet. The first couple of hundred metres of the Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet section is a boardwalk, which makes for easier, less muddy walking. This pic is looking back towards Blanket Bay. Blanket Bay is one of the few areas on Cape Otway that has good mobile phone reception. April 2016.

The Great Ocean Walk is the premier long distance walk in Victoria. It runs alongside the iconic Great Ocean Road for about 100 kilometres, from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. It can be completed as a 7 or 8 day walk, or any part can be done separately. There is quite a variety of different country if goes through, from beach to forest to open grassland/ farmland, sand dunes, cliffs - complete with fossils! - crashing surf and safe swimming beaches. Koalas, kangaroos, peregrine falcons ... just some of the wildlife you'll see.

Copyright © Willem Schultink

If you would love to visit places like this, but have mobility issues, you might like to visit the Overlander Mobility website.