Soak Up the Views at Split Point Lighthouse

Located in the picturesque Aireys Inlet amidst the stunning scenery of the Great Ocean Road, Split Point Lighthouse juts skywards with its 34-metre-tall tower and its recognisable red cap.

It remains a working lighthouse, but it is open to the public for guided tours on the weekends, where visitors can marvel at the sweeping views out across the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, the Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island.

The land surrounding the lighthouse is spectacular, with rugged cliffs and wild beaches. There is also a replica of the traditional bark huts that the original settlers in Aireys would have set up home in, plus the beach that sprawls out around the base of the lighthouse is smattered with fascinating rockpools waiting to be discovered.

History of Split Point Lighthouse

Split Point Lighthouse has been an unmanned lighthouse since 1919, a time when it wasn’t easy to access the inside of the tower. In fact, it was a rare treat for people to admire the views from the top.

Throughout the 20th century, the lighthouse was happily nestled among a residential area on an unsealed road. But, after years of planning and visions of growth, various organisations and individuals prepared the lighthouse and its surroundings to be opened for the public to view. This was in November 2005, after the local Surf Coast Shire awarded Eco-Logic the ability to run tours of the lighthouse.

Today, visitors can enjoy guided tours of the lighthouse every weekend throughout the year, as well as weekdays during the school holidays, giving them a chance to soak up the exceptional views of the surrounding landscape.

The tours themselves last around thirty minutes, where visitors can clamber up the original staircase, enjoy the views from the balcony below the lantern room, and discover the historic narratives that weave through the lighthouse. Unfortunately, the top part of the lighthouse is now used as a mobile phone base station, so visitors can’t enter this area, and the original lighthouse keeper’s quarters is now a privately owned residence that sits next door to the lighthouse.

Having appeared in numerous television shows, Split Point Lighthouse has found itself in the limelight on several occasions, including on the children’s programme Round the Twist.

A trip to the lighthouse promises visitors amazing views of the country’s rugged scenery and a glimpse into 20th century Australia on the stunning Great Ocean Road.

Visit the Split Point Lighthouse on our 2 Day Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road Tour.

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