Sunday, 22 May 2011

12 Apostles


The 12 Apostles are one of the most popular attractions along the Great Ocean Road. They are part of the Port Campbell National Park and located between Princetown and Peterbough.  Whether seen from the air or land these rock stacks are truely an amazing site.


These amazing rock stacks appear to rise out of the Southern Ocean. In fact they have been created from constant erosion of the limestone cliffs by the powerful action of the ocean's waves and blasing winds. Little by little caves are formed from the erorsion and after many years of swirling action the caves eventually become arches which over time collapse leaving the rock stacks isolated from the shore.


The power of the ocean and winds continues relentlessly so access near the 12 Apostles is now restricted. There are well set out paths and viewing platforms providing fantastic views along the coast in both directions. 






You can access the beach via Gibsons Steps which are located on the Great Ocean Road just before you arrive at the 12 Apostles. These steps use the traditional access of the Kirrae Whurrong the original inhabitants of the area. They were carved into the cliff by Hugh Gibson a local settler. 


View from the beach at the base of Gibsons Steps

There are toilets and a cafe and you can take a helicopter ride directly from the site. There are a number of options for helicopter rides including extended rides over Port Campbell http://www.12apostleshelicopters.com.au/
                                                                             
The 12 Apostles are located 275 kilometres west of Melbourne. Approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road via the scenic route and given the Great Ocean Road is one of the worlds most renowned drives the time and distance are well worth the effort as you'll travel through seaside towns with some of our famous surf beaches and have the chance to see wildlife in their natural environment along the way.

An alternative inland route is faster and less kilometres travelling via Winchelsea and Colac.  Many people take the alternative route home.

1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour
2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour
3 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour