Six Light Houses You Can Actually Sleep In

Log off, check out and set your phone to silent on a special light house escape – where there’s nothing but chilled out vibes, plenty of nature, plus some unique experience you can brag to your mates about once your within phone range. Despite radar and sonar pretty much making them obsolete, Victoria’s historical light houses have been refurbished and given new life as chic summer lodgings that are far better than your standard country camping. Here’s some of the best from around the State.

Photo: Rob Blackburn

1. Cape Otway Light Station

Perfectly situated on the coastal edge of the leafy Otway hinterlands, this lighthouse is also a great launching point for walking trails along the Great Ocean Road, with Johana Beach, Wreck Beach and the 12 Apostles all in easy reach. Despite being decommissioned in 1994, the lighthouse has found new life as a cute and stylish lodging with the option to hire a room or a whole house (which also makes it a great spot to throw a party!). The site of the lighthouse is itself rich in history, with the lighthouse, radar and telegraph stations to be explored. The grounds are open to the public during ordinary hours but after that you’re free to enjoy the grounds and views in privacy.

For more information, visit www.lightstation.com.

2. Cape Nelson Light House

The Cape Nelson lighthouse is found on a stunningly rugged piece of cliff just outside Portland. The unique red and white tower has been in use since 1884 and the Lighthouse Keeper’s accommodation has recently been revamped into luxurious, self-contained houses with fully equipped kitchens and laundry. The best time to visit is from January to February, when you can watch incredible sunrises from the cliff and spot blue whales while sipping a sundowner on the verandah

For more information, visit www.capenelsonlighthouse.com.au.

3. Wilsons Promontory Light Station

Stunning and remote, this lighthouse is the place to be if you really want to disconnect and unwind. The three cottages here sit surrounded by cliffs on three sides, perfect for letting the waves lull you to sleep. But before you can get here, you’ll need to earn it. The site is only accessible on foot, with either a coastal or inland hike leading you to the isolated lodgings. Be warned though, at around 20 kilometres for either path you’re really going off the radar, but it’s all worth it for the serenity. So much serenity.

For more information visit parkweb.vic.gov.au.

4. Point Hicks Light House

This lighthouse deep within the Croajingolong National Park is the perfect spot to discover Point Hicks, with the rusted remains of the Shipwreck Coast to be explored, sand dunes to be climbed (or boarded down), and plenty of fishing spots to be found. The buildings themselves were built from Oregon collected from shipwrecks and the large keeper’s cottage is available for bookings. Without any phones or television connection to distract you, why not pick up a paddle and float down the Mueller Inlet in a canoe or try snorkelling in the marine park.

For more information visit pointhicks.com.au.

5. Gabo Island Light House Reserve

At first glance it looks like somebody forgot to give the Gabo Island Lighthouse a lick of paint, but the distinctive tower is actually built from a special pink granite found on the island – a 13 kilometre stretch of land in far east Gippsland shaped like the South American continent. It turns out this is the only functioning lighthouse in Victoria but you can still book a night’s stay here, with the fully self-contained Assistant Light Keeper’s residence and it’s three bedrooms up for grabs. The island reserve is a perfect spot for fishing, diving and scenic walks through the rugged forests of Croajingolong National Park.

For more information visit parkweb.vic.gov.au.

6. Flagstaff Hill Light House Lodge

Undoubtedly the most modern lighthouse on the list, the Lighthouse Lodge sits within the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, which is basically the maritime equivalent of Sovereign Hill. Decked out with a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ area and even wifi, you could lounge about about the lodge or choose to take an easy stroll down to the Village and it’s restaurants. At night the Village puts on a spectacular sound and light show over the water that’s not to be missed!

For more information visit www.flagstaffhill.com.

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  1. 1Cape Otway Light Station
    Cape Otway, Victoria
  2. 2Cape Nelson Light House
    Cape Nelson, Victoria
  3. 3Wilsons Promontory Light Station
    Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
  4. 4Point Hicks Light House
    Point Hicks, Victoria
  5. 5Gabo Island Light House Reserve
    Gabo Island Lighthouse, Victoria
  6. 6Flagstaff Hill Light House Lodge
    Flagstaff Hill, Victoria

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