WHAT TO SEE:
Located only 10 minutes drive from the Port Campbell township, the 12 Apostles would have to be one of Australia’s most famous natural wonders. The sight was created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs; once the resulting caves and arches collapsed, rock stacks up to 45 metres high were all that remained. The best time to view the 12 Apostles is at sunrise and sunset, when they go from being dark and foreboding to a brilliant sandy yellow For more information click here About the 12 apostles and hinterland.
Those who love the great outdoors will be able to explore the Port Campbell National Park to their hearts content. Within the park, discover impressive arches, rock stacks, islands blowholes, London’s Bridge and the picturesque Grotto. Other nearby parks include the Bay of Islands Coastal Park (which stretches from Peterborough towards Warrnambool), Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson’s Steps (located just before the 12 Apostles). For more information and things to do.
Loch Ard Gorge and Muttonbird Island
Loch ard Gorge was named after the Clipper Loch Ard, wreaked here in 1878. Continue the scenic walk and discover Muttonbird Island, Thunder Cave and Broken Head.
Take 86 steps leading down to the beach and take in the sights of the towering cliffs and view 2 of the Apostles.
Head to the upper western or lower eastern viewing platforms at London Bridge and take in sweeping views of the great Southern Ocean. Originally a natural archway and tunnel in an impressive offshore rock formation, London Bridge collapsed in 1990 and became a bridge without a “middle”. Before the collapse, visitors to the site were able to walk across 'the eastern bridge' that stretched across to the mainland.
Time your visit for the end of the day to see the small population of little penguins returning home.
The Grotto is a sinkhole geological formation. Wooden steps wind down the cliff face to the bottom, providing visibility of the sea beyond a pool at low tide.
Bay of Martyrs
Marvel at the ancient limestone towers and spectacular coastal scenery. Descend the steps to long sandy beach which is protected from easterly winds.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands Costal Park provides spectacular views of the rugged coastline where many a ship met their demise
WHAT TO DO:
12 Apostles Gourmet Trail
Taste locally produced Cheese, Wine, Ice Cream, Whiskey, Beer, Strawberries, Chocolate and Snails! More information with maps.
Scenic drives and cliff top walks
Drive along the spectacular coast or stretch your legs and take a stroll along the Discovery Walk or the Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Click A list of walks you could do!
Fishing, Swimming, surfing and snorkelling
If you love getting out on the water, Port Campbell has much to offer. Fishing is a popular pastime – why not try your hand at beach fishing or book yourself onto a deep sea fishing charter? – as is swimming, surfing, snorkeling and deep sea diving. A number of tour companies operate in the area, so it is easy to find a guide if you require a little assistance.
Please note that the beaches around the town do tend to be a little rough, as they are right on the ocean