Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck

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The Cape Schanck Lighthouse was built in 1859 as the second coastal lighthouse in the Australian state of Victoria. It is located on Cape Schanck, at the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The 21 metres (69 ft) tall tower was built from limestone. The light's focal plane is situated 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level, the light characteristic is the Morse code letter "N", a long signal of 10.8 seconds followed by a flash. Depending on the bearing of the light, the colours are either white (south to west sector) or red (east sector). Due to its powerful lantern of one million candela and a first order Fresnel lens, which was installed in 1915, the light has a range of 26 nmi (48 km).

The lighthouse was not only one of the first such buildings in Victoria, it was moreover Australia's first lighthouse tower with stone stairs. During the 1970s and 1980s the facility was restored and has since become an attraction for tourists. Today there is a museum in the old assistants' quarters. Accommodation is available in the old residences of the lighthouse keeper.
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  • The closest and most popular historic and sonic place for Melbourne, less than one hour from MelbourneBaysie at Airbnb 
    The closest and most popular historic and sonic place for Melbourne, less than one hour from MelbourneBaysie at Airbnb  more »
  • The Cape Schanck Lighthouse is worth a visit, nice big car park with easy walking access to the lighthouse and keepers cottages. The lighthouse has limited opening hours on weekends so do your... 
    The Cape Schanck Lighthouse is worth a visit, nice big car park with easy walking access to the lighthouse and keepers cottages. The lighthouse has limited opening hours on weekends so do your...  more »
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  • One of my favourite place on the peninsula. You can visit the lighthouse walk the many trails taking in the coastal scenery. If the mood takes you surfing or scuba diving is possible. This should be a five star rating but some of the original boardwalks down to coastline have been closed for many years. Sadly restricting access to some of the most interesting views of the cliffs and lighthouse etc. Totally worth a visit but wish access to some areas was restored.
  • An amazing place with amazing views. The lighthouse tour is interesting. You can tell that the staff who work there really take pride in what they do. Make sure you come prepared with food, drink etc

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