30 August 2018
SPRING BIG NATUREby GREAT OCEAN ROAD
When the sea beckons there is no better place to find a secluded beach or a stunning coastal vista than the 12 Apostles Coast. Known for the infamous rock stacks that rate high on the bucket list of many, this stretch of coastline between Princetown and Warrnambool provides hidden gems galore. Time is of the essence – that is; you’ll need more of it than you think to really do this place justice.
Set yourself up for a few days in Port Campbell (neighbouring towns Princetown and Peterborough are also great for a little more seclusion) and take your time to explore the lesser known bays and beaches. There's accommodation to suit any style or budget in the area.
The well-trodden Gibson’s Steps are a short walk from the 12 Apostles Visitor Centre and all 86 of them will land you on the beach (check tides) where you can get up close Gog and Mogog, two Apostle-like limestone stacks and wonder at the sheer size of these rock formations that have existed here for eons. Notice the natural geothermal springs seeping from the base of the cliffs at the beach here.
Tip: If you’re visiting the 12 Apostles (you really can’t not) then save it for sunrise or sunset. The morning light on the cliffs is spectacular and watching the backdrop of the sun setting behind the Apostles is a kind of magic you’ll never forget. Dusk and Dawn are also the best times to spot local wildlife – we often see wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas in the area. If it’s a weekday during school term it’s worth trying the free 12 Apostles Morning Xpress service; Park your car at the 12 Apostles Car Park and jump on the 7.30am school bus that will drop you in Princetown. Here you can jump onto the Great Ocean Walk and do the last 7km stretch back to the 12 Apostles. Grab that finish line shot to show your friends (and inspire you to walk the whole 104kms from Apollo Bay next time!)
Loch Ard Gorge is stunning and well worth a few hours to explore the whole precinct. The tale of the wreck of the Loch Ard endures as one of our favourite survival stories. From Port Campbell itself the Port Campbell Discovery Trail traverses the cliffs to the West of Port Campbell, revealing stunning views over the township and bay.
From Port Campbell to Warrnambool stick to the coast to explore the beaches and bays – such as The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Boat Bay, Worm Bay, Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands, Peterborough beach and Childers Cove. You’re sure to find one all to yourself.