Cape Schanck Lighthouse
Snug in your beds in a little historic cottage, you listen to the wind howling and waves crashing outside. The adjacent lighthouse sends out its warning beacon to ships, just as it has for 150 years. In the morning, the sun sparkles. Heady with excitement and sea air, your kids scurry along the boardwalk to the tip of Cape Schanck. After splashing in the rockpools, searching for starfish and sea slugs, it’s time to climb the lighthouse for dramatic views of the rugged coastline below.
420 Cape Schanck Rd, Cape Schanck; 1300 885 259
FREE PARK ENTRY; CHARGES FOR LIGHTHOUSE TOURS
■ The lighthouse museum with displays about the history of different lighting techniques used in lighthouses. The Cape Schanck Lighthouse still has some original mechanisms.
Despite many shipping disasters along the northern coast of Bass Strait in the early 1800s, government bureaucrats were reluctant to finance the building of lighthouses, claiming the shipwrecks were due to poor judgement on the part of ships’ captains. Eventually, lighthouses were built, and Cape Schanck started operating in 1859. Nowadays, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are reducing the need for many traditional lighthouses.
■ Accommodation at Cape Schanck is available in the assistant keepers’ cottages.