Great Ocean Road 2: Cape Otway

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Cape Otway

Time for another personal record: Cape Otway is the southernmost point I have ever visited. It had the freshest air I have ever breathed. Nothing but 1,300 kms of open sea separate this spot from Antarctica.

Cape Otway marks the point where the waters of Bass Strait meet those of the Southern Ocean. The lighthouse on the cape was built in 1848. It marked a very dangerous coastline. Ships to Melbourne had to find the 40 kms wide gap between this coast and King Island, which was a difficult task with 19th century navigation methods. Ships from Europe usually sailed far south, close to Antarctica, to make use of the west-eastern currents. After three months on the oceans the tiniest mistake in time measuring per day summed up. Many ships crashed on the cliffs west of Cape Otway which became known as “Shipwreck Coast”.

The cliffs are dangerous. Take the warning seriously and stay on the paths.

The lighthouse can be climbed. There is someone up there who explains how it works. From the gallery you have the best view of the coastline. And the freshest air. The wind was blowing in from the Southern Ocean and it was so strong that I could almost lean against it. I love wind, my North-German blood starts bubbling like champagne in windy conditions...

 

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Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Coastline near Apollo Bay
Coastline near Apollo Bay
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway lighthouse
Cape Otway lighthouse
On the gallery of the lighthouse
On the gallery of the lighthouse
Cape Otway seaview
Cape Otway seaview
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
Cape Otway
A shower draws near
A shower draws near
Cape Otway
photo by: Kathrin_E