Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

I can't visit a town with a lighthouse, without climbing said lighthouse. There's something eerie and spooky, yet warm and welcoming, about these sentinels that stand guard on our treacherous coastline.
The blindingly bright whitewashed walls and fire engine red trims add to the glamour of these seaside beauties.
Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet We joined a 45 minute tour and climbed the narrow, steep spiral staircase to the top. OUr guide told us about the history of the lighthouse, its keepers, the workings of the light and the area around us. It was an informative  tour and well worth doing.
Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

Split Point Lighthouse, known affectionately as The White Queen, has shone her light out to sea since 1891, guiding ships away from the rugged cliffs and rocky formations along the shore. The lenses and prisms form a horizontal light, warning nearby ships of the dangers around them.
Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet
From the top of the tower, a dazzling rainbow appeared. Stretching from the viewing platform on our right, across to a huge rock jutting out of the sea. Maybe signalling a pot of gold, lost on a sunken ship in bygone years?

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys InletSplit Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

The coastline spread out before us, stretching towards Lorne in the distance and meeting the mouth of Painkalac Creek in the foreground.Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

We finished our visit with a walk around the grounds and down to the Mouth River, then jumped in the car and headed off to Fairhaven, the longest beach on the Great Ocean Road. We stopped at the official start of the Great Ocean Road, the Memorial Arch...

Memorial Arch, Great Ocean Road...before turning back for one more look at the White Queen and her younger neighbour, the famous Pole House. Pole House, Great Ocean Road
What: Split Point Lighthouse
Federal St, Aireys Inlet
When: Tours Daily 11am-2pm                                                      
Why:history, ocean views
How much: $14
Nearby:  Bells Beach

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