Gabo Island Harbour to Lightstation walk (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)


Gabo Island Harbour to Lightstation walk (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)

Gabo Island Harbour walk to the Light station is a great way to experience the Island taking in the surroundings seascapes and heritage features along the way, like the monument and old cemetery.
Keep a look out for passing whales, dolphins and seals. Common species of whale sighted from the Island include Southern Right Whale, Humpback Whales, and Killer Whales. Whales pass Gabo Island on their annual migration south to feed in Antarctic waters in October and November and then return during May to July on their northern migration to calve in tropical areas. Pods of dolphins are also regularly sighted; species include Common Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins. Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals are also commonly seen basking on the rocks Gabo Island is also considered to be a site of zoological significance as it is possibly the largest breeding colony of Little Penguins in the world.
The Grade 2 walk begins from the harbour. Follow the track which is 2 Km to the Lighthouse and takes about 45 minutes one way then return the same way. Day visitors must book lighthouse tours with licenced tour operator. A toilet is provided for day visitors at the Light station.
Visitor Tips:
Day Visitors are advised to stay on the track as Penguin’s nest off the track and burrows which are hard to see are everywhere. Phone reception is limited.

How to get there

Gabo Island Harbour to Lightstation walk (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)

Need to know

Gabo Island Harbour to Lightstation walk (Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No drones without a permit
  • No camping
  • Management vehicle only
  • No fires permitted
  • No firearms allowed
  • No dogs allowed


  • Terrain hazards
    • Uneven ground
  • Other warnings
    • No mobile phone reception
    • Vehicles

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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 accommodation

Parks Victoria is delivering a maintenance program for visitor accommodation on Gabo Island. Work will be undertaken to update electrical wiring, plumbing, masonry, and other general repairs. Accommodation will be closed while the work is completed and is expected to reopen in 2024.

Day visitors can access the island during this time but must adhere to all safety and directional signage.

The accommodation update will be undertaken in consultation with heritage experts and delivered with consideration of all the environmental and cultural heritage sensitivities of this unique site.

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