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International Lighthouse Weekend

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
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Ever wanted to stay in a lighthouse keeper's cottage?
Despite the rainy and cold weather, or perhaps because of it, a hike to a lighthouse is always worth it. And what better weekend to do it on than this weekend which is recognised as the International Lighthouse weekend. There is something romantic about staying in or near a lighthouse. Perhaps it's the guiding light, even if not in use any longer, the possible treacherous conditions and danger for ships, the dramatic coastline on which lighthouses are generally situated or just the appeal of pretending to be a lighthouse keeper.

There are many lighthouses in Victoria which one can visit on a day trip or stay overnight. These include the Cape Otway Lighthouse, the Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and many more.

An 18 km, and at times quite strenuous walk is necessary to reach the Wilson's Promontory Lighthouse but once there the views themselves are certainly worth it - even in rainy weather.
Wilson's Prom, lighthouse
Courtesy of Alexander Robinson
This historic lighthouse and keepers' cottages were built by convicts in the period of 1853-1859 and the cottages are today available for accommodation.

Many other lighthouses in Victoria also offer tours, as well as accommodation. For all those hikers and lighthouse fans, now is a good time to explore the large number of lighthouses in Victoria and if the weather is rainy and cold, just remember to bring a good waterproof jacket!
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