These icons of the Victorian coastline are a testament to the power of nature.
Constant erosion, the violent force of the Southern Ocean and powerful winds are gradually corroding the limestone cliffs, continually changing the shape of the coastline.
Visit the 12 Apostles for spectacular views of the Shipwreck Coast from the lookouts, or take to the sky to see the full coastline from a helicopter. Count how many Apostles are still left standing before another one disappears into the ocean forever.
The 12 Apostles are easily the standout attraction along this mesmerising stretch of coastline, though these pious limestone forms are joined by a cast of other stunning natural landmarks that make up the Port Campbell National Park.
Let’s take a look at them below…
The Loch Ard Gorge
The Loch Ard Gorge has boomed in popularity in recent years due to high volumes of tourists looking to grab a Gram-worthy snap within its towering frame. This gorgeous natural site is home to a large gorge that gives way to an inlet of beautiful blue water. This site is located just a three minute’s drive from the amazing 12 Apostles, making it one of the easily accessible natural landmarks of the national park!
The Grotto is a stunning natural formation that wouldn’t be incongruous in a painting by Dali or Magritte. This sinkhole forms a bizarre circular arch that, when in low tide, visitors can see right through, taking in the waters of the Bass Strait beyond! This is a wonderful place to hike down to and one of the most surreal landmarks in the whole of the national park.
The London Arch
Formerly known as the London Bridge, before an unfortunate collapsing in the 90s (don’t worry, you can’t actually go on it now!), the London Arch is easily viewable from the cliff tops beyond. This impressive natural landmark is similar to the 12 Apostles in the way that it is a giant limestone formation jutting miraculously out of the sea and formed over countless years of erosion.
The Gibson Steps
A stunning stretch of coastline that leads from the cliffs above to the beach below, the Gibson Steps are a joy to meander down at your own pace. Wide and majestic, these steps make up a slightly different experience to those of the landmarks, as you can enjoy the hike and take in plenty of enchanting sea views as you do so!
Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife!
The Port Campbell National Park may be known for its immobile monuments, but there are plenty of living creatures you can stay on the lookout for when traversing the national park. Home to a population of southern emu, penguins, echidnas and even bandicoots, the park offers plenty in terms of unique Aussie wildlife, too!
It’s one of Victoria’s most stunning regions
The Port Campbell National Park, with the wonders that await, is one of the best ways to spend a day in Victoria. Be sure to pack some snacks and your camera – this is a park that has plenty to offer all visitors!