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12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

January 17th, 2010

The 12 Apostles are without a doubt the most popular attraction on the Great Ocean Road and hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists come here every day to witness this natural wonder.

Even if today only six of the twelve original apostles are still standing the Great Ocean Road doesn't lack popularity and if you want to visit this part of the Port Campbell National Park you might have to stand in line for that one perfect picture. A lot of people come to the 12 apostles to take photos at sunset when the colours or the rock formation seems to change with every minute reflecting shades of gold and pink in the ocean waters.

Looking out over Bay of Martyrs Looking out over Bay of..

You can take pictures from a boarwalk above the different rock formations but its hard to get on the beach. There are several stops on the Great Ocean road where you can get access to the beach like for example at the Gibson Steps so in that case you would have to walk back over the beach towards the 12 apostles.

The apostles aren't the only thing there is to see on the Great Ocean Road though and it would be a shame not to stop at other attractions like the Bay of Martyrs which is considered the first good stop on the ocean road. The Bay of Martyrs has access to an amazing beach with gorgeous rock formations and you should definitely climb down the stairs and witness the beauty from down here.

The Grotto is also beautiful and a great stopover. This natural rock pool was the result of heavy erosion and rough ocean waters splashing into the limestone caves creating a sort of little lagoon between the rock openings. Through time this pool became larger due to heavy wind erosion and the result of that is just stunning having created a rock arch bending over this oasis which overlooks the ocean.

There are several amazing arches at the beginning of the Port Campbell National Park which are all beautiful and worth a visit so take your time and bring enough water to drink a bites to eat because there will be no restaurant of 7/11 near you.

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Travel Tips for Port Campbell Australia:

Where to stay in Port Campbell: You can stay in Port Campbell or Peterborough which are really small towns so the best thing would be to drive straight on to Apollo Bay.

What to do in Port Campbell: Bring enough water and food when you're visiting the attractions on the Great Ocean Road

Where to eat in Port Campbell: You will have to bring snacks, there are no facilities besides the Visitors Centre across the 12 Apostles.

Travel Pictures of Port Campbell, Australia

  • Looking out over Bay of Martyrs Looking out over Bay of Martyrs
  • Bay of Martyrs Bay of Martyrs
  • Pigeon on the beach Pigeon on the beach
  • Roadsign Great Ocean Road Roadsign Great Ocean Road
  • Walking down to The Grotto Walking down to The Grotto
  • The shaping of The Grotto The shaping of The Grotto
  • Picture of The Grotto Picture of The Grotto
  • The hole at The Grotto The hole at The Grotto
  • The Grotto The Grotto
  • Beach pictures of the Great Ocean Road Beach pictures of the Great Ocean Road
  • The Arch on the Great Ocean Road The Arch on the Great Ocean Road
  • One of the two arches One of the two arches
  • 12 Apostles Marine National Park 12 Apostles Marine National Park
  • Two survivors at Great Ocean Road Two survivors at Great Ocean Road
  • Beautiful Gorge Beautiful Gorge
  • Beautiful gorge on the Great Ocean Road Beautiful gorge on the Great Ocean Road
  • Amazing pictures of Great Ocean Road Amazing pictures of Great Ocean Road
  • Pictures of the 6 apostles Pictures of the 6 apostles
  • Photos of the apostles Photos of the apostles
  • 12 Apostles at sunset 12 Apostles at sunset
  • Rockformation at the 12 apostles Rockformation at the 12 apostles
  • The 12 Apostles The 12 Apostles

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Name: Graziela
Age: 26-33
Travel type: Couples vacation

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12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road
Continent: Oceania
Country: Australia
City: Port Campbell
Period: Nov '09-Jan '10
Lenght of stay: -
Views: 1381

Travel Review

Liked: I loved the 12 apostles and The Grotto was magical
Disliked: There were a lot of tourists
Trip Rating: Good

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