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Cape Schanck Keeper Cottage tours - Sunday 12 July 2020

Cape Schanck Keeper Cottage tours - Sunday 12 July 2020
Cape Schanck Lighthouse Cottage tours
Take a peek into the lives of the Lighthouse keeper families and tour the cottages at the Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve!
We’re excited to announce that Janice Haynes, The Lady of History, will be conducting guided tours of the c. 1939 Red Cottage and the c. 1859 Head Lighthouse Keepers Quarters at the Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve. Normally not open to the public this very special opportunity is a diversification of the program because we still can’t take tours of the Lighthouse or the Museum due to the COVID – 19 restrictions.
How unique and different to be able to go inside the cottages and get a feel for what life would have been like for the keepers at Cape Schanck in days gone by.
Janice Haynes, the Lighthouse Lady, is experienced and enthusiastic in her presentations and characterisations. Born on the Mornington Peninsula, and having spent time at many other lighthouses, Janice delights particularly in telling the tales of the lightkeepers at Cape Schanck over its 161 year history.
Hear stories about the lighthouse keepers and their families, the births the deaths, the fun times and the wild weather and shipwrecks, see authentic exhibits and learn about how a lighthouse operates. Watch out for whales too as its whale season and quite a few have been sighted!
Lighthouse keeper cottage tours will commence from the Red Cottage at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the June/July 2020 school holidays and then on selected dates throughout 2020 and beyond. Tour duration is approximately 45 minutes. 
Please note this is a walking tour of around 300 metres. Unfortunately the Red Cottage is not wheelchair accessible and there is a small step at the White Head Lightkeeper’s House. Please let the tour guide know if you have special needs.
You can book online at or or go to and search for Cape Schanck. Contactless payment by card is also available on site, but please note that there is a maximum number of 10 people only per tour, so book in early to ensure your place. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to register and look at the Red Cottage displays.
In response to COVID-19, the Lady of History team have introduced the following protocols to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff at the Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve.
Conditions of participation in Lighthouse Cottage tours
We ask you not to come on the tour if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms
You must register your first name and phone number for contact tracing purposes
Please use cards only for contactless transactions (no cash)
Your household group must maintain a distance of 1.5m from others and staff and follow directional signage
Hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities are available
Be aware that building capacity restrictions apply with a maximum of 10 people for Cottage tours
Comply with the directions of The Lady of History staff
Download the COVIDSafe App if you are able to do so
We will be also implementing an ongoing cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces routine between tours.
Lighthouse keeper cottage tours cost $9 Adult, $5 Child with a discount price of $23 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children ($5 saving). Payment is by card only (no cash).
Lighthouse merchandise on sale includes magnets, ‘Send a Message’ ™ bottles, coolers and badges as well as T-Shirts, books and cards. Soon we will have Lighthouse models and you can make an order for these and lighthouse maps now.
Also available at the Red Cottage is water, snacks, icy poles and ice creams, as well as coffee and tea. Donations are appreciated to help us purchase a defibrillator for the Cape Schanck Lightstation site.
All tour guides have AMSA (Australian Maritime Authority) qualifications, current First Aid and Working with Children checks.
Janice Haynes is the representative for Victoria on the Lighthouses of Australia Inc. Executive Committee and is available for presentations and talks on lighthouses, and she has several lighthouse shows for school groups.
The Lady of History conducts tours under a Parks Victoria Tour Operator License.
As soon as the Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Museum tours are available again they will be promoted via social and print media. Watch out for that notification.
Keep on Shining the Light!
Cape Schanck Lighthouse is worth the visit and we’ll always welcome you back!
Venue: Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve
420 Cape Schanck Lighthouse Road Cape Schanck, Victoria 3939
Contact Details: Any queries please contact Janice Haynes - The Lady of History (Lighthouses of Victoria) 
PH: 0407 348 478, Email:, or