The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

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Posted 2023-10-02 by Ashleigh Meiklefollow
Nestled in the Port Campbell National Park along the Great Ocean Road is the Twelve Apostles, seven limestone rock stacks that rise out of the Southern Ocean at the bottom of Victoria, Australia. They’re one of the draw cards for the Great Ocean Road, and the lookouts are often busy – there may be fewer people later or earlier in the day, but it can be hard to work that out.



When you get there, start your journey at the kiosk to pick up any essentials like hats or sunscreen before you head over – the walk over is on a flat and even surface, and the length is one kilometre return, which takes about fifteen to thirty minutes. If you head in the opposite direction (something I wasn’t able to get to do), you’ll head towards Gibson Steps Lookout, which is a beach and will take half an hour to on hour return over 2.2km – the information on the sign at the kiosk says it has a formed track with steps to the beach – and according to Parks Victoria, if you head here at low tide, you can get a great view of the two biggest formations next to the Twelve Apostles, Gog and Magog. There is a separate trail to take to view these two formations that will take you to a different lookout than the main lookout.



The Twelve Apostles is one of the main sites to see when touring the Great Ocean Road – and rather than there being twelve, as one might think, there are seven wthatface the west. The other two rock stacks, Gog and Magog, face towards the east. It is one of Australia’s most beautiful natural wonders, constantly under threat from erosion and collapse as the years go past. Yet when you go there, you can hear the wind whistling through the seas and rocks, weaving in and out of the ancient rock stacks. There is a sense of serenity at the Twelve Apostles, despite how busy it often is, and any time of day can be good to go. It is worth the visit when you head down The Great Ocean Road. Make sure you take your camera and try to go on a nice day to get some great photos. I was very lucky as the week before I went, the coast had had big winds, and they were due for more just after I left. Keeping an eye on the weather and wearing sturdy walking shoes are two things I think are important to remember for comfort, ease of walking and enjoyment of your trip to see the Twelve Apostles.


When you go, check out the Parks Victoria website , information centres, the Visit Victoria website , and the Visit 12 Apostles website as well as signs around the sites for any closures, changes, or safety notices to ensure you are aware of what is going on. Some of the sites or lookouts have been closed for updating and safety reasons lately, so it is a good idea to be on top of this where possible prior to your visit so you can effectively plan what your day.

Opening hours:

The 12 Apostles kiosk is open from 10 – 5pm daily. When closed visitors will find ccafes restaurants, refreshments, and shops available at nearby Port Campbell 12 km to the west of the site.
Location: Great Ocean Road (6km west of Princetown)
Length: 600m – 1km return

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