Get up close with the 12 Apostles at Gibson Steps. Be awestruck by the limestone formations of the Shipwreck coast – including Loch Ard Gorge, Razorback and Island Arch.

Wonder at the mysterious 12 ApostlesDISTANCE: 7km east of Port Campbell, 90km from Apollo Bay

TRAVEL TIME :   10mins from Port Campbell or 90 mins from Apollo Bay

Along with the neighbouring Port Campbell National Park are where the full majesty and drama of the limestone coast comes to bear.

After the Great Ocean Road has traced through the tranquillity and splendour of the Great Otway National Park the rainforest finally yields to breathtaking sight of 70 metre high sheer cliffs.

Home to the ‘crown jewels’ of this part of the road, visitors are spellbound by the sight of:

  • The 12 Apostles – 50m high limestone stacks carved over the millennia
  • Gibson Steps
  • Loch Ard Gorge – site of the famous shipwreck the ‘Loch Ard’ in 1878. The dramatic story of the survival of only 2 out of 52 souls on board is recounted at the Gorge.

Loch Ard GorgeAnd further along the road to the west:

  • London Bridge
  • The Grotto
  • Bay of Islands
  • Bay of Martyrs

Mutton Bird Island is an important nesting place for the Short Tailed Shearwater (Muttonbird). From October to April, after migrating 30,000km from the northern hemisphere, they can be seen each evening flying ashore in their thousands after travelling out to see for food.