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Twelve Apostles

Appearing to proceed solemnly around the Shipwreck Coast of Victoria, these colossal limestone formations are a breathtaking sight to behold on the Great Ocean Road.

The Twelve Apostles are a collection of towering limestone stacks jutting up from the Southern Ocean. See the magnificent rock stacks from a cliff-top viewing platform or stroll onto the beach to see them up-close. Snap a photograph of one of Victoria’s most iconic sights: the Twelve Apostles at low tide, surrounded by roaring surf and illuminated by golden morning or evening light.

Originally named the Sow and Piglets, the rugged Twelve Apostles are not to be missed on your trip along the Great Ocean Road. Despite only seven being visible from the viewing platforms, the Twelve Apostles are the highlight among the area’s other stunning rock formations, including Gibsons Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Islands and the Arch.

Begin your visit at the Twelve Apostles Visitor Facility. Here, you can see maps detailing the area’s walking tracks, extensive boardwalks and four main viewing platforms, as well as informative text about the site’s cultural heritage. Stroll along the pathways and boardwalks, taking in the magnificent coastal views along the way. To the east, you’ll see two limestone stacks known to locals as Gog and Magog, and the breathtaking Apostles to the west. Watch the thunderous Southern Ocean surf pound at the limestone, gradually eroding it. This erosion created the structures and will also cause them to eventually collapse.

Snap photographs of the views, which are most breathtaking when tinged with the golden light of dawn or dusk. At sunset, you might also see a colony of little penguins returning to the shore. For a closer look at the structures, descend the 86 stairs carved into sheer limestone cliff at Gibsons Steps and wander out onto the beach. If the tide is low and the ocean conditions safe, you can walk east or west along the beach from the steps.

The Twelve Apostles are free to visit and located in Port Campbell National Park on the Great Ocean Road. The site is approximately 4-hours’ drive from Melbourne. The entrance to the viewing area’s car park is 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) west of Princetown and 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) east of Port Campbell. Two of the Twelve Apostles’ main viewing platforms are wheelchair and stroller accessible.


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Clifton Beach Lodge
Clifton Beach Lodge

Clifton Beach Lodge

22 Hebs Track, Princetown, VIC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this cottage is steps away from Princetown Wildlife Reserve and Port Campbell National Park. The Twelve Apostles is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

    Southern Ocean Villas
    Southern Ocean Villas

    Southern Ocean Villas

    2-6 McCue Street, Port Campbell, VIC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Arches Marine Sanctuary and Port Campbell National Park. Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre and Port Campbell Foreshores are also within 10 minutes.

      NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park NZ$123
      NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park

      NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park

      30 Morris Street, Port Campbell, VIC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Port Campbell campsite is steps away from Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre and Port Campbell National Park. Port Campbell Foreshores and The Arches Marine Sanctuary are also within 10 minutes.

        Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat NZ$97
        Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat

        Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat

        314 Booringa Road, Princetown, VIC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Port Campbell National Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre and Port Campbell Foreshores. Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park and London Bridge Lookout are also within 16 mi (25 km).

          12 Apostles Cottages NZ$139
          12 Apostles Cottages

          12 Apostles Cottages

          7711 Great Ocean Road Road, Princetown, VIC
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Princetown Wildlife Reserve and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Port Campbell National Park. Great Otway National Park and Twelve Apostles Marine National Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Sea Foam Villas NZ$177
            Sea Foam Villas

            Sea Foam Villas

            14 Lord St, Port Campbell, VIC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Port Campbell, this beach aparthotel is steps away from Port Campbell Foreshores and Port Campbell National Park. The Arches Marine Sanctuary and Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre are also within 5 minutes.

              Daysy Hill Country Cottages NZ$161
              Daysy Hill Country Cottages

              Daysy Hill Country Cottages

              2585 Cobden Port Campbell Road, Port Campbell, VIC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port Campbell National Park and Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre. Port Campbell Foreshores and London Bridge Lookout are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                The 13th Apostle Backpackers
                The 13th Apostle Backpackers

                The 13th Apostle Backpackers

                28 Old Post Office Road, Princetown, VIC
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this hostel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Port Campbell National Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Moonlight Head. The Twelve Apostles and Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).