Things to do at Loch Ard Gorge

Drive a few minutes west of the world-famous 12 Apostles and stumble across the trove of Loch Ard Gorge. A stunning beach and clear waters surrounded by impressive towering cliffs. Famous for being the site of one of the most notable shipwrecks along Shipwreck Coast. A tragedy in which two teens were the only survivors. The ship that sank – Loch Ard – also happens to be its namesake.

Located within the Port Campbell National Park along the iconic Great Ocean Road. Loch Ard Gorge is a haven for wildlife. Patience and the right timing may bring a sighting of Little Penguins on the beach or an albatross soaring above. Short-tailed shearwaters (or Mutton birds) returning home to their burrows is a spectacle during dusk in Spring and Summer.

There are three walking circuits to choose from – all with breathtaking views. Choose a single circuit or combine all three for 2-3 hours of scenic walking and amazing photo opportunities.

The circuits are complete with informational signage along the way. Learn about the history, nature and geology of Loch Ard Gorge as you go.

Walking circuits:

Geology Walk: Less than 1km, this easy circuit takes you to the Razorback lookout.

Wreck of the Loch Ard: Also known as Shipwreck Walk and slightly more inclined. This 1.4km circuit takes you through the south of Port Campbell Cemetery and to the Mutton Bird Island Lookout. Learn more about the historical event of the Loch Ard shipwreck.

Living on the Edge Walk: The longest circuit at 3.2km. This is a fantastic walk for those with a good level of fitness out to Broken Head.

Nearby attractions:

The Port Campbell Visitor Centre – learn about the history of Loch Ard Gorge and Shipwreck Coast at the visitor centre.

12 Apostles –only 3 minutes away from Loch Ard Gorge by car. No trip would be complete without taking in the 7 remaining world-famous limestone stacks that tower out of the water.

Mutton Bird Island – take a walk to the Mutton Bird Lookout for even more spectacular views. Mutton Bird Island is visible off the coast. Come September it is a breeding ground for thousands of Mutton birds.

Port Campbell – the main hub of the area. Port Campbell is a small seaside town. Stop for a meal or stay the night after a day exploring the coast. A beautiful beach is easily accessible and the perfect place to cool down on a warm summer’s day.

Loch Ard Gorge Map