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Cape Nelson lighthouse

Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
55222200
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Well worth a visit

Great place and can do a tour inside. Also magnificent scenery around. Might even catch a sighting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Liz P
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Melbourne, Australia
Stunning views

The approach to Cape Nelson lighthouse is through a scenic drive that include close view of wind... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Adityac7
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Greensborough, Australia
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Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape Nelson, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse precinct comprises the 35 meter tall lighthouse, the cosy Isabella's cafe, and two exquisitely renovated assistant lighthouse keeper's cottages available as accommodation.These historic buildings have been elegantly restored and now comprise two separate two-bedroom cottages.The cottages are ideal for a secluded couple's get away, families, or groups! The precinct is located within Cape Nelson State Park and is surrounded by spectacular views, excellent walking tracks, and tours of the historic lighthouse run daily.Isabella's cafe, located in the old stables, offers morning and afternoon tea and gourmet lunches daily.Each cottage includes two bedrooms with queen sized beds, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge room with TV, DVD and an open fire place. All properties include free Wi-Fi, reverse cycle air conditioning and breakfast of cereal, milk, eggs, bacon, toast and condiments, as well as tea and coffee. About the area:Cape Nelson is a well known whale spotting area - observe from the cliffs or climb to the top of the lighthouse to spot southern wright whales in the middle of the year and blue whales in summer months! Dolphins and seals are sometimes spotted in the water as well! As we are located on the Great South West Walk, we are surrounded by kilometers of walking tracks through bush, beaches and cliffs. The area is rich in native wildlife, including kangaroos and wallabies, echidnas, koalas, and is close to Australia's only mainland Gannet breeding colony. The beaches around Portland are also well known for having great surf for all levels at any time of year, so make sure to bring boards and wetsuits!
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Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place and can do a tour inside. Also magnificent scenery around. Might even catch a sighting of a whale.

Thank Liz P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The approach to Cape Nelson lighthouse is through a scenic drive that include close view of wind farms, some interesting walks eg. Yellow rock and enchanted Forrest walk to build the excitement. And the lighthouse itself does not disappoint in fact I loved the view....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit and there is a very nice Café very close by to stop in and relax in and have a bite to eat.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Petrified rock formation forest, very unusual. Great walks around Cape Nelson. Also lots of different outlooks of the wild ocean from different vantage points.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Well worth the drive from Portland, the lighthouse does offer guided tours if you want, but just nice to walk around the area. Nice cafe in the grounds.

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Fantastic scenery and easy to get to but unfortunately the day we were there the march flies were everywhere making it difficult to enjoy the views

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Staying at Cape Nelson Lighthouse Cottage, we had the opportunity to do some great short walks, and enjoy splendid views. Great sunset ! Great gannet viewing !

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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Nice cake and coffee, beautiful place to take a break. Friendly staff. Nice view. They also offer a tour of lighthouse but I didn't visit, maybe next time come back for a tour.

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

It was a very blustery and rainy day when my husband and I took a drive to the lighthouse. I braved the inclement weather to take some photos but didn’t walk right up to the lighthouse. The cafe was closed when we visited. I would...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

We stayed at the lighthouse keepers residence, and then toured the lighthouse the next day. Snack bar is good, the experience is wonderful

Thank Robert Q
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psjeremy
30 October 2016|
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Response from habanachooky | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can get in here at night time all along the cape 😊😊😊
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AussiesPerth
18 September 2016|
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Response from Jennifer S | Reviewed this property |
We did not arrive there till after 2 p.m. Apparently tours run from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. We did enquire how long a tour took & were informed approx 1 hour or so. You can obtain further information from the Portland... More
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