TAKE TIME TO EXPLORE THE COASTAL LOOKOUTS AND TRAILS

PORT CAMPBELL NATIONAL PARK

The Port Campbell National Park ranges from Princetown to Peterborough. Photographs of these historic sites have long represented the Great Ocean Road. These include the Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, The Arch and the Grotto, to name a few.  Take your time exploring these coastal lookouts and trails and learning their amazing historical stories.

An attraction in it's own right is the Port Campbell Jetty. You can't visit Port Campbell without taking the time to stand on this jetty - it is a must do.

A map is available of the whole precinct viewable from the main car park from the nearby Visitor Information Centre in Port Campbell.

LOCH ARD GORGE

It is impossible to walk these trails and not be moved by the powers of nature that have shaped and the shipwreck history that defines the area. Offshore stacks, blowholes and the indescribable beauty of formations like the Razorback and Island arch make this precinct the one with the lot. 

From September to May a colony of short tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) inhabits the offshore stack that is Muttonbird Island, their nightly return makes a dusk visit all the more worthwhile.

Location: Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell (8km east of Port Campbell)

LONDON BRIDGE

London Bridge has upper western and lower eastern viewing platforms to take in the sweeping vistas. Visitors were once able to walk (and at one stage drive) across the eastern span that once connected it to the mainland.

London Bridge is one of two points in the National Park where visitors can observe little penguins returning to shore (the other is from the main 12 Apostles viewing platform. The population of 80 – 100 birds at London Bridge is significantly smaller than at the 12 Apostles but the viewing platforms are closer to the birds

THE ARCH

This site is often spectacular in the afternoon when the formations to the east are bathed in a warm golden light. The walkway descending down to the platform offers an unusual perspective back towards the 12 Apostles. The more famous stacks can be viewed standing boldly against the cliff line they were carved from.

The Arch perches precariously mounted on a harder rock platform proud of the water in small to medium swell. In large swells its formation becomes more evident as waves mount the platform, thick heavy tomes gliding sleekly through the opening and cascading out the other side.

THE GROTTO

Many a visitor holds a special memory of their visit to the Grotto. Spray from waves can cast a fine mist over the low viewing area; sunshine does the rest filling the air with rainbow delights.

The still clear water in the open cave casts reflections in contrast to the dynamic moving water of the ocean directly behind it. The viewing wall is there for visitor protection as the low shelf that feeds the rock pool is regularly crested by waves approaching undetected out of deep water. 

Location: Great Ocean Road, Peterborough (9km west of Port Campbell)

VOLCANIC LAKES AND PLAINS

Moving away from the rugged coastline and heading on inland you will discover the Kanawinka Geotrail - a trail encompassing the Volcanic Lakes and Plains region.

The Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre has maps and additional information on the Volcanic Lakes and Craters trails including some fabulous free family fun to be had.

GREAT OCEAN WALK

If walking is your choice of travel be sure to discover the Great Ocean Walk - it's a backstage pass to the Great Ocean Road and traverses some of the most scenic natural elements of the region.

PORT CAMPBELL VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

For more information on Port Campbell, Port Campbell National Park and the 12 Apostles call in or phone the friendly staff at the local Visitor Information Centre.

Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre
26 Morris Street, Port Campbell