Backpacking Port Campbell and the 12 Apostles

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    COME AND WITNESS VICTORIA'S MOST FAMOUS NATURAL ATTRACTIONS - THE 12 APOSTLES: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THE 12 APOSTLES ARE HUGE STONE MONOLITHS THAT JUT OUT OF THE OCEAN: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THERE ARE ALSO VARIOUS OTHER NATURAL ATTRACTIONS TO CHECK OUT, SUCH AS LOCH ARD GORGE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    THE GIBSON STEPS ALLOW YOU TO ACCESS THE BEACH AND SEE THE MAGNIFICENT NATURAL ATTRACTIONS UP CLOSE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Port Campbell and the 12 Apostles Highlights

  • Nearby are the '12 Apostles,' huge stone monoliths that jut out of the ocean along the coast.

  • Take one of the Australia's most scenic drives - The Great Ocean Road, which goes through some of Victoria's most stunning scenery.

  • Drive the Shipwreck Discovery Trail, where plaques at the various shipwreck locations tell the tales of dozens of wrecks and identify their resting places.

  • Visit the spectacular Loch Ard Gorge, which was named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on 1 June 1878.

  • Head to the Gibson Steps, which allow you to access the beach to witness the spectacular 70 metre high vertical cliff line and the enormous offshore stacks - Gog and MaGog.

  • See some of the other famous natural coastal attractions such as London Bridge, The Grotto and The Arch.

  • There are many great dive sites around Port Campbell, including the famous Loch Ard wreck, the 25 metre deep Thunder Cave and many other wrecks and interesting dive spots.

  • Explore Port Campbell National Park with its variety of coastal environments such as wetlands, sand dunes, dramatic coastal cliffs and world famous limestone stacks and arches.

  • Explore the Bay of Islands Coastal Park, which has spectacular ocean views and protects a variety of rare flora and fauna.

About Port Campbell and the 12 Apostles

Population 300

The small township of Port Campbell provides a great base for exploring the Port Campbell National Park, which is the most famous section of the Great Ocean Road and has some of the most dramatic scenery.

The park is best known for the '12 Apostles', which are huge stone monoliths that jut out of the ocean along the coast. The area is also famous for the historic shipwrecks found in the area. Other spectacular coastal attractions include Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps and the Bay of Islands.
The Park also contains some of the most significant areas of vegetation and fauna native to south-western Victoria. There are many diverse environments in the Park, such as woodlands, wetlands, coastal cliffs, sand dunes, limestone stacks and arches.

There are some excellent diving locations, where you can explore large canyons and gorges and there are also some great places for surfing and fishing.

The town itself is a colourful seaside village, with a good selection of cafes, restaurants, vibrant shops and galleries to explore.

Orientation Map for Port Campbell


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12 Apostles Visitor Information Centre

26 Morris St
Port Campbell, Victoria
Phone 1300 137 255
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