Australia is not short on beautiful natural wonders and one of the most spectacular of these is Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Two hundred and forty-three kilometres of stunning coastline along the south coast of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road is home to the famous Twelve Apostles, a series of limestone stacks in the Port Campbell National Park.
The name can be deceiving, given that only eight of the formations now remain, the ninth collapsing spectacularly in the early 2000’s. Pounding waves and harsh conditions of the Southern Ocean over time eroded the soft limestone to create the formations, some of which are over 50 metres high. The Apostles were originally formed through erosion and it is erosion which is their greatest threat, with the salty sea continuing to erode the stacks at a rate of 2cm a year.
Visiting the Twelve Apostles is free and there is a small cafe and tourist information at the site. One popular way to view the rugged coastline is by helicopter with a number of operators taking tours out over the ocean and up and down the coast.
It can get very busy, particularly during holidays, weekends and over the warmer months so we suggest to try and visit on a quieter weekday.
While the Twelve Apostles truly are a spectacular site that shouldn’t be missed on any trip to Victoria, there are some equally beautiful stretches of coast along the Great Ocean Road that are a little less touristy, which are just as beautiful (more blog posts on these coming soon!)