Cape Nelson Lightstation
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 1030
Cape Nelson is known as a great spot for whale watching. This is still an active lighthouse; the beacon is maintained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Height of Focal Plane: 820
Characteristic and Range: White light, group flashing 4 times every 20 seconds; visible for 22 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White, conical, stone tower.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1884
Date Present Tower Built: 1884
Current Use: Active aid to navigation, accommodations, café.
Open To Public? Yes.
The lighthouse is is a ten-minute drive from the center of Portland. Kendall Airlines runs daily service between Melbourne and Portland, and rail service runs daily between Melbourne and Warrnambool. This connects with a bus service from Warrnambool to Portland. A bus also runs from Melbourne to Portland.
Keepers: William Fish (1884-?), Henry Murray (assistant, 1884-?), Thomas MacBain (assistant, 1884-?)
Nearby Lodging: The two keeper's cottages have been renovated and are available for overnight stays. Call (61 3) 5523 5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.