Port Campbell National Park, Melbourne
(4.7/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
A striking, craggy land of sheer cliff faces, rock-strewn shorelines, and deserted beaches, Port Campbell National Park sits alluringly on the Victorian coast, less than 200 km (124 mi) from Melbourne. Scenic drives and wind-blown trails are waiting to be traversed in this impressive yet isolated wilderness, where you’re more likely to encounter a roaming emu than a wandering human. Use our Melbourne travel itinerary maker to add Port Campbell National Park and other attractions to your Melbourne vacation plans.
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  • To go from Melbourne to Port Campbell National Park are 273 Km and the tour leaves in the morning, 7:00 and returns the 7:00 pm, a long journey but must go to anyone in this town. We bought an excursion in the information centre in Federation Square just as we reached the city and the next day since they had good weather and work so well. The mini bus to at various points along the way from the Great Ocean Road and o lunch is included in the tour, at a restaurant in a small town along the way and return to town for coffee, ice cream, toilet. On the way also for in points to bathroom and a cafe with cakes, bread, biscuit is included in the tour. This tour is not cheap but worth seeing the famous Twelve Apostle and all other atações this wonderful highway.
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  • That's where natural beauty must look for in Melbourne is too sensible to Aqua and I'm their top beauty
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  • small town with very few restaurants bars, but nice view of the ocean, many motels, but I suggest sleep a Warrnambool;
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  • Loved this one..Loch Ard George is a must visit. Please don't stop at 12 apostles. Spend more time at loch Ard.. It's really beautiful
  • Gorgeous scenery, nice drives, good hikes
  • Vast reserve with plenty of activities to be had. If you are into nature and activities or just like to walk through bushes enjoying the scenic landscapes by the sea, this place is a must visit.
  • Feel the waves, hear the crashing sounds. This is a great start to a day of exploration of the coast of Port Campbell National Park. From Peterborough, we’re going to explore grottos, geological formations and limestone stacks and admire the views that has been shaped by the power of nature. The town of Peterborough is part of Victoria’s Shipwrecked Coast that shapes a large part of the southern coastlines. It hosts famed limestone formations that visitors around the world come for. Today, while we pour our sense of admiration and adoration, there was a time when the sight of these waves against the rocks conjures a sense of fear of one of the most perilous coastlines in Australia. Peterborough is a great place to start your exploration of these limestones, where many famed ones such as the London Bridge and of course the 12 Apostles are within a 30 mins route. Down the road from Peterborough is the Grotto, essentially a geological formation shaped by corrosion, and amongst one of the most popular stops after Peterborough within the Port Campbell National Park. The Grotto is formed by erosion from both the waves of the coast as well as from inland, combining both forces to dissolve the limestones and forming sink holes. There’s steps built that takes you to the lower level where you can have a view through the sinkhole to the seas. Through the Grotto lens. On low tide, you can climb down The Grotto and enjoy a different perspective of the ocean through the “eye” of the Grotto. The London Bridge, an natural arch formation doesn’t look very much like a bridge today but at a time it bears a similar resemblance to its namesake in over the River Thames. That of course changed when one of the arch closest to the shore collapse, living only one arch remaining. The waves, particularly those at Port Campbell National Park (also known as Shipwreck Coast) are particularly powerful. That’s why coves such as the one found at the town of Port Campbell is such an awesome gem on a road trip across this beautiful region. But don’t let the gentler waves fool you though. Not as rough as open seas, the waves do come crashing and moves deep inwards. Makes for a fun afternoon chasing waves in the sun. What do you do if you had spent the entire daytime exploring a national park under a hot sunny weather? Time for a swim! Nestled at the mouth of Port Campbell Creek, the town of Port Campbell is a beautiful stopover with a sheltered beach that’s absolutely perfect to spent a sunny day out. Restaurants and cafes offer sumptuous lunch at Port Campbell, but you also grab sandwiches from the deli and head on to the beach front where there’s plenty of spots for a picnic. Pick a spot and enjoy the view, the sun, the seas. Summer! On my road trip, I had timed for the last legs of the Port Campbell National Park drive around the golden hour. Sunsets provide a striking glow across the coast that blows me away. As you drive from town towards the famed 12 Apostles, each scenic stop including this one of the Loch Ard Gorge just builds up the anticipation. Like an orchestra building up into a cadenza in a symphony. One of the best trips of my life. Things to do at Port Campbell town: 1. Have lunch! 2. Have ice-cream! It’s really hot out and the kids won’t complain. 3. Go for a swim! The coast is one of the few sheltered beaches along the coast, but beware though, the waves are still pretty strong! 4. People watch - Visitors and locals alike like coming here and enjoy the beach 5. Take a Heli-tour. Dotted along town are tours you can take over the Port Campbell National Park by air. Gives a different perspective.
  • How could you not love this place?! Absolutely amazing and beautiful