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Cape Nelson lighthouse

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Address: Point Nelson | 13km from Portland, Portland, Victoria, Australia
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Located only ten minutes from Portland upon the rugged cliffs of Cape...

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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Just a tour of Portland

We were driven around Portland on a sightseeing trip. The lighthouse was lovely, great location and could do tours of it. Great cafe here so you could have a snack and a lovely... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Kerry P
Maryborough, Australia
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Maryborough, Australia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were driven around Portland on a sightseeing trip. The lighthouse was lovely, great location and could do tours of it. Great cafe here so you could have a snack and a lovely fresh coffee.

Thank Kerry P
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a great little place to visit, and the drive up there was very interesting, going past the big wind farms.

Thank gogirl1warialda
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Interesting history with guided tours. Accommodation looks lovely. Café had beautiful food with nice coffee and great staff A++

Thank Rob H
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit too get excellent views of the sea. Well worth the the time and money to inspect the lighthouse. Plenty of interesting walks to do.

Thank deepblue3036
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Great oven views from the cliff tops although there are many other locations along the coast with better vistas. Interesting history with tours available and accommodation options on site. There is also a cafe.

Thank paulen25
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

The lighthouse itself is worth the visit, but the views of the ocean from atop the cliffs make the entire trip very worthwhile!! The waves crash below your perch and splash everything around - very appealing!

Thank William P
Woodend, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

I am a sucker for a lighthouse. This beautiful lighthouse became operational in 1884. It is made from sturdy volcanic basalt/ bluestone which has been rendered over and painted white. Interestingly there is also a large constructed white wall that has been built that was intended to protect the light house keepers from the gale force winds. This is a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

-You can visit anytime for free and roam around the grounds -If you want to visit the cafe or go on a tour CHECK opening & tour times before hand -be prepared for windy conditions- it is on the notorious Southern Ocean -great area for views, sunrise, sunset and the night sky in clear conditions We enjoyed the sunset (with... More 

Thank Travel-Sitreps
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

The lighthouse and its panoramic views are amazing. Amazing as well was the coffee shop besides the lighthouse which is run very neatly and serves very good coffee and perfect cakes. Definitely a must join when you're in the area.

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Approx 15km out of town, the lighthouse is one of the highlights of the region. Not all that much to do there, but the views are pretty great. There are a couple of walking tracks nearby - but you'll need a decent map to find them! There isn't much shade around & the white Lighthouse paint reflects a lot of... More 

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