Cape Otway

Cape Otway from Sea Eagle RetreatCape Otway is one of the most scenic and ruggedly beautiful sections of the Great Ocean Road. The drive there takes you through the ancient ferns and towering eucalypts of Otway National Park , which lies to the west of Apollo Bay, and stretches inland from Blanket Bay and along the coast to Princetown.

The original inhabitants of the area were the Katabanut people. Matthew Flinders passed this area in 1802 and commented on the fierceness of the cliffs. Later Lieutenant James Grant named the ranges and, by association, the Cape after his friend Captain Albany Otway.

The town of Cape Otway, 222 km south west of Melbourne, got its start when the timber industry moved into the area around 1870. Just 12 km off the Great Ocean Road is the Cape Otway Lighthouse , the second-oldest on the Australian mainland and the oldest on the Victorian coast. It was built in 1848, and was constructed after two major shipwrecks in the area had resulted in the loss of over 600 lives. There is a small cemetery near the lighthouse which records the tragedies from those early seafaring days.

Accommodation and Lodging in Apollo Bay