Cape Schanck Day Visitor Area


Cape Schanck Day Visitor Area

Perched atop dramatic cliffs, the Cape Schanck Lighthouse has ensured the safe passage of ships since 1859. Join a guided tour and hear the fascinating stories of the light keepers. Book a tour with a local operator and climb the sandstone steps to the lamp room for spectacular views over the Southern Peninsula and Bass Strait.

Cape Schanck offers stunning landscapes, the mystery of dramatic volcanic features, unspoilt and wild beaches and scenic walking tracks with spectacular ocean views. It is also a site of rich European history, identified by the heritage listed Cape Shank Lighthouse precinct.

Follow the walking track from the car park towards the Cape. This short circuit walk takes visitors to the start of the wooden staircase and boardwalk which descends to the beach and rock platform. Several lookouts have spectacular views over the geological formations, such as Pulpit Rock and the Devils Desk, both formed through volcanic and geological movement over millions of years. Please take care and remain vigilant on the rock platform, large unexpected waves may wash across the rocks.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse precinct includes the heritage listed lighthouse, museum and former lighthouse keeper's residence. The buildings were constructed from 1859 and are an excellent example of the architecture of the day.

The 2.6km Bushrangers Bay Track departs from the car park, providing some of the best coastal scenery within a day's drive from Melbourne.

Cape Schanck Day Visitor Area provides a number of scenic viewing platforms, picnic tables and toilet facilities. No drinking water is available at this location.

How to get there

Cape Schanck Day Visitor Area

Need to know

Cape Schanck Day Visitor Area

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed



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