The Cape Schanck Lighthouse is a historic lightstation located right on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. It was constructed out of limestone in 1859 and was the second of its kind to be built in Victoria. The lighthouse originally formed a triangle (along with the lightstations at Cape Otway and Cape Wickham) that illuminated the Bass Strait.
After its construction, the Cape Schanck Lighthouse was painted white. It sits at 100 metres above sea level and stands at 21 metres tall. Its light is able to reach up to 26 nautical miles (around 48 kilometres) out to sea. One of the lighthouse’s defining features is the stone staircase that was traditionally constructed out of wrought iron at that time.
Cape Schanck is currently operated by the Australia Maritime Safety Authority and the lighthouse hold the title of being the most original looking station under the Authority’s jurisdiction. A museum has since been attached to the lighthouse, and tours are conducted daily for a small fee.
The area surrounding the Cape Schanck Lighthouse has since been listed as a reserve by the Victorian Government, and is home to many scenic walks through the bush and along the coast. The reserve is also home to many of Australia’s native animals and plants, allowing them to live undisturbed and in safety.
The lighthouse can be found at around a one and a half hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD, and is only 15 minutes on from the popular seaside town of Rosebud. Cape Schank also offers a range of accommodation options to visitors in the form of old lighthouse keeper’s cottages, making for a historic holidaying experience as well.