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Travel – Cape Otway – Australia

Cape Otway is a cape as well as a bounded locality in the Colac Otway Shire in Southern Victoria in Australia on the Great Ocean Road.

Overview of Cape Otway

• A lot of the area is enclosed within the Great Otway National Park.
• Cape Otway was originally inhabited with the Gadubanud people.
• It is evident from their campsites which are within the middens through the entire region.
• The Cape was discovered by Europeans.
• This is when Lieutenant James Grant made the first passage from west to east.
• He passed through Bass Straight in December 1800.
• Grant referred to it as Cape Albany Otway after Captain William Albany Otway.
• This was later shortened to Cape Otway.
• Cape Otway Lighthouse was built for viewing the point from the cape in 1848.
• A Telegraph Office was opened in 1859.
• The Mailbox was opened on 1 September 1880.
• It was closed in 1972.
• Eight ships were wrecked on the coast of Cape Otway. These included:
– Marie (1851)
– Sacramento (1853)
– Schomberg (1856)
– Loch Ard (1878)
– Joseph H. Scammell (May 1891)
– Fiji (September 1891)
– Casino in 1932
• The first American vessel sunk during WW2, the SS Capital of Scotland- Rayville.
• It was also sunk over Cape by the German mine.
• The Americans built a radar bunker about the cape in 1942.
• It is currently offered to the public.

Commercial Fisheries
• The location where the Southern Ocean meets Bass Strait that surround Cape Otway are home to a few of the world’s most prized marine species.
• These include: crayfish and abalone.
• It is extremely common on calm days.
• There were 20 abalone dive boats which operate across the shoreline beneath light house.
• Commercial cray fishers use baited pots or traps over the reef system with white floats.

Cape Otway Lighthouse
• It is in operation since 1848.
• It is the oldest light station on mainland Australia.
• It saved the lives of sailors in this treacherous section of the Southern ocean and Bass Strait.
• One can climb to the top and find a view over Spectacular Ocean.
• One can view passing whales and ships.
• Have a short detour in the Great Ocean Road through magnificent forests in which you are going to see koalas.
• Numerous lives were lost in shipwrecks off Cape Otway.
• This history resulted in the structure on the light station within the foothills with the impenetrable forests from the Otways.
• A first submarine cable link was construction in between Cape Otway and Launceston which became the Australian’s first.
• It was built in 1859.
• The Telegraph Station has been meticulously restored.
• A radar bunker was built-in 1942 following a US ship which was sunk by German mine off Cape Otway.
• The Light station precinct is the traditional home in the Gadabanud people.
• Lots more was revealed about this isolated but resourceful Aboriginal clan.
• Immerse yourself in the extraordinary reputation for the lighthouse keepers.
• Watch whales at play and soak up in the organic beauty on the Cape for a couple of hours.

Otway National Park
• There is a 30 minute loop walk at Mait’s Rest which passes through lovely rain-forest.
• Glow worms can be obtained from gullies on night walks.
• This National Park also incorporates a volume of beautiful waterfalls. These include:
– Hopetoun Falls
– Triplet Falls
– Beauchamp Falls

Other places to see along the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Walk
• In 2004, the Great Ocean Walk opened.
• It connects 104 km of walking trails.
• This includes the coastline on the Great Ocean Road, stretching from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

Twelve Apostles
• The Twelve Apostles are somewhat misnamed.
• Tourism officials renamed this rock formation the 12 Apostles from its former name “Sow and Piglets”.
• Since the coastline changed over time as a result of strong waves coming off of the Southern Ocean, the apostles did not remain 12.
• At the moment seven are visible from any point.
• Following a collapse of one in 2005, now there are only eight left.
• If in case you include two which are in the east you are able to still scrounge up to 10.

Some other attractions along Great Ocean Road
• Gibsons Steps
• Loch Ard Gorge
• Bay of Islands
• London Bridge
• Split Point Lighthouse
• A waterfall in Otway National Park
• Bells Beach Surfing mecca
• Point Addis
• Split Point, Aireys Inlet
• Angahook-Lorne State Park
• Teddy’s Lookout
• Marriner’s Lookout
• Otway National Park
• Hopetoun Falls
• Triplet Falls
• Beauchamp Falls
• Melba Gully State Park

Best time to visit

• Victoria has a moderate oceanic climate.
• It has 4 seasons.
• Its elevation is at 435 metres above sea level.
• This causes its mean monthly temperatures to tend on average 3 – 4 degrees Celsius.
• Maximum temperatures over the summer period frequently exceed 30.0 °C and often reach above 40.0 °C.
• The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25.0 °C.
• The mean minimum is 10.8 °C.
• In July, the mean maximum is 10.0 °C.
• Average July minimum is 3.2 °C.

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How to get there?

• Most visitors begin from Melbourne.
• This is about 95 kms away from Torquay.
• One can also fly into Avalon Airport which is located near Geelong instead of Melbourne’s main airport.
• This is nearer to the road.
• There is car hire available here.
• Jetstar and Tiger Airways offer regular flight services from here.
• There are V/Line buses that are operated from Geelong along the Great Ocean Road.
• They go up to Apollo Bay 3 times in a day from Monday to Friday and 2 times on Saturday to Sunday.
• There is a bus from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool every Friday.
• There are also V/Line trains to Warrnambool regularly.
• They travel inland.

Some Travel Books on Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia In a Sunburned Country Frommer’s Australia (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at hotelclub.com
Hotels at wotif.com
Hotels at hotelscombined.com

Blogs/Sites about Cape Otway – Australia

blogs at travelvictoria.com.au
blogs at visitmelbourne.com
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

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