Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Mornington Peninsula
The Cape Schanck Lighthouse on the Mornington Peninsula has been sitting pretty on the top of the cliff top overlooking the Bass Strait since 1859, keeping the shipping lanes safe for boats as they pass the Victorian coast to and from Melbourne.
Today, Cape Schanck Lighthouse is a part of Parks Victoria and provides families with a maritime museum, daily guided tours of the working lighthouse and spectacular coastal bush walks.
Tours of Cape Schanck lighthouse are given daily and there is an excellent Museum in the old Assistant Lightkeepers Quarters open to the public. The cliffs at Cape Schanck rise 80 metres above the ocean and the lighthouse rises another 21 metres, providing fantastic ocean views where often there has been sitings of whales. From the lighthouse, there is a boardwalk leading down to the ocean and a number of walking trails through the parkland to beaches.
Cape Schanck Light Station is 90 minutes south from Melbourne by car on the Mornington Peninsula.