Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)

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Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)

Experience the awesome natural beauty of the world-famous Twelve Apostles. Rising abruptly from the tempestuous Southern Ocean, these seven limestone stacks are the highlight of the Great Ocean Road. They are best viewed at sunset when the yellow rock turns red, orange and every shade in between.

How to get there

Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)

Facilities

Carpark
Lookout
Toilets
Lookout
Visitor Centre

Need to know

Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No fires permitted
  • No fishing
  • No horses
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No motorised vehicles, including electric bikes or scooters allowed on management vehicle only paths, tracks or roads
  • No generators
  • No firearms allowed

Warnings

  • Terrain hazards
    • Cliff collapse
    • Unstable cliffs
  • Other warnings
    • Vehicles

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Saddle Lookout - access change

From mid-September 2021 there will be no access to the Saddle and Castle Rock viewing areas while a new lookout is being built. 

Visitors can continue to enjoy the other lookouts, boardwalks and visitor areas at the Twelve Apostles and the other spectacular visitor sites in the Port Campbell National Park.

Reduced access to Loch Ard Gorge visitor areas

Loch Ard Gorge beach access closed
 
Beach access is closed due to dangerous cliff movement near the Upper Lookout, which could cause a collapse. Geotechnical specialists have assessed the site and we will continue to work through the permits required to protect the significant cultural and environmental values of Loch Ard before we start work to restore access to the beach. 
 
This work is complex and will take time. Parks Victoria will provide updates and indicative timelines once we have further information.
 
Closed walking tracks and reduced carparking - The Blowhole, Thunder Cave, Sherbrook River
 
Construction of a new lookout at The Blowhole will commence in January 2024, creating a stunning new visitor attraction for the Loch Ard Gorge precinct. The project is expected to take 12 months, subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions.

To ensure public safety during construction, access to some tracks and areas around The Blowhole will be closed, including no access to Thunder Cave and Sherbrook River. There will also be a reduction in the number of carparking spaces available for the public at the Loch Ard Gorge precinct, and no parking near Sherbrook River. Turning circles will also be restricted due to the construction works. Caravans and other long vehicles will be required to park in the Loch Ard Gorge car park.  
 

Changed traffic and visitor access

Visitors to the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge precinct over summer are encouraged to plan ahead, with increased traffic expected and temporarily reduced access to some visitor spots.

Changes to speed limits and parking arrangements are in place to safely manage peak period visitation along this section of the Great Ocean Road.

With construction of new visitor facilities in the area, and holiday crowds, visitors are encouraged to check park conditions and arrive early.

For more information: 
https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/media-releases/2023/12/22/02/32/twelve-apostles-summer-traffic-and-visitor-changes  

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