Taking a Guided Tour at Split Point Lighthouse

Split Point Lighthouse can be found set against the pretty backdrop of Aireys Inlet along the Great Ocean Road. It boasts a 34-metre high tower and is renowned for its eye-catching red “cap”.

The lighthouse is still a working one, but it has been open since 2005 as a tourist attraction where members of the public can look around and marvel at the stunning views it boasts across the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, the Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island.

Around the lighthouse, visitors can soak up scenery including wild cliffs and beautiful beaches. Elsewhere, there is a unique replica of the traditional bark huts that the first residents of Aireys called home, and there is a smattering of rock pools that languish at the bottom of the lighthouse itself.

The Backstory of Split Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse dates back to 1919, when it first became an unmanned lighthouse. At that point in time, it was difficult to get inside the tower and admiring the views from the top was a very rare treat for a select few people.

During the 20th century, the lighthouse was set in a residential spot on an unsealed road but, in 2005, it was opened to the public after various organisations had high hopes and visions of growth for it. Since then, Eco-Logic have been running tours of the lighthouse to interested parties.

Today, the lighthouse is much the same, with guided tours taking place every weekend throughout the year and on weekdays during school holidays.

Taking a Tour of Split Point Lighthouse

Each tour lasts around thirty minutes, giving visitors the opportunity to climb the original staircase of the lighthouse and gaze out at the ocean views from the top.

In other parts of the building, there are stories that bring history to life, although the original lighthouse keeper’s quarters is now privately owned and not accessible to the public.

Split Point Lighthouse has had some time in the spotlight, too, appearing in a selection of television shows including the hit kids’ TV programme, Round the Twist.

Visiting the lighthouse is a must-do for anyone in the area who wants to admire mesmerising views of the Great Ocean Road and learn more about the historic charm of this part of Australia. Guided tours teach you all about life story of the lighthouse, while the surrounding scenery is well worthy of a picture or two.

Explore the Split Point Lighthouse on our 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour or 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour.