A stunning landscape, a fascinating history and one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. The Twelve Apostles is the number one must-see attraction for every person who travels along the Great Ocean Road.
The Twelve Apostles have survived for longer than the number of years that people have inhabited Australia. They were created by constant erosion of the mainland’s limestone cliffs by the Southern Ocean up to 20 million years ago.
Eight of these Apostles still remain, with the limestone columns rising up to 45 metres from the sea. Yet sadly, the erosion from wind and waves which helped form these magnificent structures all that time ago will also eventually destroy them, with the base of the cliffs being eroded at a rate of roughly 2cm each year. It’s possible that further erosion of the mainland will cause new structures to naturally form in their place but it’s still worth witnessing the spectacular sight of the Twelve Apostles as they stand today.
Gaze at these majestic formations from viewing platforms on the cliffs or admire them from below as you walk along the beach.
Apart from the dramatic scenery, you can also take a guided tour to see Little Penguins, the world’s smallest penguin specie, nesting in the caves below the Apostles. You may even spot whales, who also visit the area.
How to get there:
The Twelve Apostles are situated in the Port Campbell National Park, 275 kilometres west of Melbourne. The easiest way to reach this area is by car – it’s approximately a four-hour drive along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne.
When to go:
The warmer months naturally bring more tourists. The skies tend to be clear, making for great photos. However, if you want to admire this natural wonder without the crowds, then winter is also a good option. You can admire the Apostles with cloudy, grey skies above, creating a mysterious atmosphere.
Consider visiting the Apostles during sunrise or sunset, when you can watch the surrounding skies change to orange and pink tones.