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Name: Cape Nelson Lighthouse  

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Nearest Town or City:
Portland, Victoria, , Australia

Location: Southwest coast of Victoria.

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Photo: Kelly White

Managing Organization:
Cape Nelson Lightstation


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 1030
Portland, Victoria

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 for details.

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