Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet

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Split Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Aireys Inlet, a small town on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.
Originally called Eagles Nest Point, the lighthouse was constructed in 1891. It was converted to automatic operation in 1919.
The original British-made first order Fresnel lens is still in use. However, the factory in Birmingham, where the lens was built, was bombed during war-time and the essential formula for making the unique lens crystal were lost, should a replacement ever be needed.
A Japanese firm, consulted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, estimated the cost of replacing the lens at more than A$1 million.
Under standard Australian lighthouse convention, red filters would usually be placed to the extreme left and right of the beam (indicating "danger zones" for a passing ship, in-line with the jagged coastline). For reasons unknown, the Split Point Lighthouse operated for many years under the opposite system; although this has now been corrected. Split point lighthouse has 132 stairs from bottom to top and is 34 metres tall.
Since summer 2005, the Split Point Lighthouse has been offering regular 30 minute guided tours, during which visitors have the chance to climb the original staircase and experience the view from the balcony just below the lantern room. Tours had been available for much of the 1990s, but on only a few days per year.
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  • Pleasant walk up to lighthouse. We did the lighthouse tour which involved climbing 200+ steps so not for anyone with limited mobility. The lady who led the tour was very knowledgeable and the views fr...  more »
  • Really great views of the coast. Free and easy walk from the car park to the lighthouse but a small charge for a tour inside the lighthouse. Couple of great lookouts worth going to see that are only a...  more »
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  • A very informative and interesting tour of the Split Point Lighthouse, made famous by the 'Round the Twist' television show. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone that has fond memories of the TV show. The guide is quite knowledgeable and is more than happy to answer questions. Eftpos is also available as a payment method. During the tour you get to go all the way to the top and out onto the viewing platform, which is great for doing some landscape photography. Highly recommend stopping in on your pass through :)
  • Absolutely loved it. The views, tea house and especially the tour, I loved learning more about the history of the lighthouse. The tour guide did really well. God bless her. 🤗

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