Gabo Island


Gabo Island

Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

Gabo Island is rich in cultural history. This haven for plants and animals offers stunning landscapes with magnificent views of Croajingolong National Park.

The lighthouse was constructed from 1858 to 1862 using the distinctive pink granite found on the island and is the only operating island lighthouse in Victoria.
The island supports highly significant colonies of seabirds, such as shearwaters and the world's largest known colony of Little Penguins. Birds of prey regularly visit the island from the mainland and many other sea birds can be seen out to sea depending on the time of year. Seals are often seen in a 'raft' off the point from the Light tower. Whales can be sighted as they migrate along the coastline during September and October.

Things To Do

Gabo Island photographed from the mainland.

Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

Gabo Island offers a unique accommodation experience in the Assistant Light Keeper’s residence, featuring three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and bathroom, with all linen provided. 
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A couple walk down the track and away from the Lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula.


Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.

How to get there

Gabo Island

Need to know

Gabo Island

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

    Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve closure

    Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve is closed for bookings from 1 May - 31 Aug 2020 for scheduled maintenance works.

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