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Cape Schanck Lighthouse

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by FIONA (subscribe)
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Published October 25th 2011

Breathtaking, scenic and rich with history, Cape Schanck Lighthouse and boardwalk provides the most inspiring views of Bass Strait.

Now listed on the Register of the National Estate,Cape Schanck Lighthouse was completed in 1859 and stands a mere 21 metres high on a focal plane that's 100 metres above sea level. It was built in response to a rapid increase in shipping through Bass Strait after the establishment of Melbourne and Port Phillip District in 1835.

Still operational and in use today the lighthouse is open to visitors wishing to take a guided tour. It has undergone some mechanical modernisation, but otherwise it is still standing strong illuminating our coastline. The tour will take you up the lighthouse stairwell and give you the chance to stand on the balcony to see the glorious coast. It overlooks Coast Rock, Pulpit Rock and the board walk. This amazing vantage point provides sensational views that stretch out as far as Gunnamatta, the back of Rye and even parts of Ocean Grove. Often whales, seals and even penguins can be seen in the sprawling ocean of the bluest blues and greenest greens.

A stroll down the boardwalk is certainly a worthy one, but be warned it is not one for the elderly or very unfit. Hundreds of stairs built over the coastline and down onto Pulpit rock allow visitors to venture out onto the rockery and see the wonder that is Cape Schanck.

Other facilities include toilets and kiosk. No dogs allowed even in cars.
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Why? Historic and beautiful
When: All year around
Where: Cape Schanck
Cost: Varies
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