This is Part 3 of our Melbourne and Great Ocean Road road trip that went from 22 – 30 November 2018.
So far I’ve covered our 2 nights in Melbourne and a quick stop off at Torquay and Bells Beach on our drive to Lorne where we will be staying the night. This post covers our stop and explore of Aireys Inlet and Split Point Lighthouse.
Aireys Inlet is a gorgeous coastal hamlet, located between Anglesea and Lorne, where the familiar curves of the Great Ocean Road and dramatic nature of the Great Otway National Park begins.
All photos within this post were taken with my iPhone.
Split Point Lighthouse
The Split Point Lighthouse construction started in late 1890 and the lighthouse was illuminated in September 1891. Originally called Eagles Nest Point, it was renamed Split Point in 1913. It is a cement-rendered concrete and crushed rock tower, however the original drawings show that it was intended to be constructed of stone.
The ‘White Queen’ as she is affectionately known is a welcome sight for ships that have rounded Cape Otway. Overlooking Eagle Rock the lighthouse is not only a beacon to seafarers but also to travellers on the Great Ocean Road.
Remember the kids show ‘Round the Twist‘? It aired in Australia between 1989 and 2000. The Split Point Lighthouse was the Twist family’s lighthouse home, with exterior scenes shot here.
The Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
As we travelled west along the Great Ocean Road, just outside the town of Lorne we came across the famous memorial arch which was erected to commemorate the returned servicemen from World War I who built the Great Ocean Road from 1918 to 1932. The present arch is the third built to replace the second one destroyed in the Ash Wednesday bushfires of February 1983. The timber log archway with cement and stone supports on each side spans the Great Ocean Road. A memorial plaque was unveiled near the arch on the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the road.
We’re nearly at Lorne now where we’ll be staying the night and that will be the subject for Part 4 of our Melbourne and Great Ocean Road road trip!
Ciao for now,