A Weekend in Port Campbell

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Posted 2023-05-29 by Geoff Edlundfollow
Port Campbell, on the Great Ocean Road, is the perfect coastal destination all-year round. This charming town offers some great dining, entertainment, and accommodation options for visitors of all types. Tourists flock to see the world-famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, and relish the chance to explore the region on tours, bike and walking trails.


Sandra Timmins is the Owner of Ride With Us and we spoke about their taxi , tour , and bike hire services in Port Campbell and beyond. Sandra holds an intricate knowledge of the area and has guided many local and tourists that "visit to enjoy the vast array of experiences". Visitors are drawn to Port Campbell and the Great Ocean Road as "it is scenic and breathtaking - there are rainforests, paddocks, beaches and views of the ocean".

Port Campbell Tours

Ride With Us "design private tours for the experience in mind, it might be the Loch Ard Gorge, Twelve Apostles and more". Sandra notes that they offer a specific tour of Port Campbell , but encourage visitors to select or design a tour that explores the entire region and coastline.

The Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk runs from the Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell to Apollo Bay and although some visitors take the car, Sandra tell me that: "many people come on the train, and can be picked up at any point of the walk and assisted". The trail runs for over 100 kilometres, but can be tackled in sections over one or several trips.

12 Apostles Bicycle Trail

Many avid cyclists are familiar with the beautiful rail trail from Camperdown to Timboon . I was amazed when Sandra told me about "a new trail will extend from Timboon to Port Campbell, with the option to stayover on the coast for the night - creating more of a holiday experience". You can view updates on the trail here and arrange bike hire or transport .

To contact Ride With Us and enjoy any of the amazing experiences above, you can call them on 0438 407 777 or enquire here .


Real Pizza and Pasta

Real is a unique establishment in Port Campbell that encourages a responsible connection between food, community and the environment. Delicious and fresh pizza, pasta, salads and more are on offer each week. They have a takeaway and dine-in menu with a garden and restaurant at 25 Lord Street Port Campbell. If you want to know more, then you can email [email protected] or call (03) 5598 6131.

12 Rocks Cafe & Beach Bar

If you're in the mood for a piping hot coffee, frosty beer, or a cheeky glass of red, then perch yourself by the water at 12 Rocks Beach Bar and watch life go by. Check out their breakfast, lunch and dinner menu here , and contact them on (03) 5598 6123 or [email protected]. They are located at 19 Lord Street Port Campbell and open daily from 9.30am until late.


Loch-Ard Motor Inn

The Loch-Ard Motor Inn is only 100 metres from the beach in the heart of Port Campbell at 18 Lord Street. This modern and comfortable Motor Inn is only ten minutes drive from major sights like the Twelve Apostles. You can make a reservation on (03) 5598 6328 or email [email protected]

Sow & Piglets Guest House & Brew Pub

The Sow & Piglets Guest House and Brew Pub offer 18 well-appointed rooms for solo, group, and family travellers. With an inviting Brew Pub on the premises, you won't have far to get home to the cosy Guest House. You'll find them at 18 Tregea Street Port Campbell. To make a reservation, call 0488 216 432 or email [email protected]


It is possible to travel to Port Campbell from Melbourne on V/Line but it requires two interchanges. The drive on the Great Ocean Road is spectacular if you have the time, or you can take a direct route inland between Melbourne and Port Campell in less than three hours. A trip or tour with Ride With Us could be the simplest solution, as they also collect and take visitors to their desired destinations from a variety of locations.

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