From March, international and Australian travel agents will be able to sell tourists a two-hour adventure tour, including four wheel drive travel into the Great Otway National Park, as part of the Lightkeeper Shipwreck Discovery Tours.
Geared to take tourists off the beaten track and to immerse them in the natural and man-madehistory of the Cape, the tour will include koala and wallaby spotting, plus sites of significance to the early lightkeepers. The tour will take in the Parker River inlet, the original difficult landing point for infrequent Cape Otway Lighthouse supplies. The Cape's sands and tides regularly reveal the ribs and an anchor of the shipwrecked Eric the Red.Tourists will also visit Blanket Bay where the stone chimney ruins of a lighthouse storage shed stand in the dunes, and the rotting timbers of a Lightstation jetty.
After scones, jam, cream and a pot of tea or coffee in the Lightkeeper's Cafe, the guided tour will continue in the Lightstation grounds -including a climb to the top of the lighthouse, the Telegraph Station and World War two radar bunker.
The tour package, which can be extended with meals and accommodation in the historic lightkeepers' cottages, will be sold by travel agents and visitor information centres. Prices are $35.95 for adults, $32.95 for concessions and $20.95 for children. Businesses wanting to offer Discovery Tour packages to their guests should contact the Cape Otway Lighthouse.