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Port Campbell National Park, Melbourne
Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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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It isn't just the Twelve Apostles. The viewing sites stretch for dozens of kilometres along the Great Ocean Road (and incidentally, who came up with that name? The road isn't in great condition and fo... read more »
So glad we took a tour, so many places the driver knew to stop that you wouldn't have knew existed. This was a long day but the scenery was fantastic, stopped a few times to see Koalas in the wild on ... read more »
Port Campbell National Park includes Gibsons Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, The Arch, The Grotto, London Bridge and the world famous Twelve Apostles. The drive along is full of scenic delights and photographi... read more »
Jui Hong Teoh
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.
The views here is great and is pretty relaxing. The same can be said about the area along the Great Ocean Road.
Warnambool and the Port Campbell Great Ocean Road is simply stunning. I've been overseas and believe our coastline in Australia is special.
Stunning views... however it can be a battle as there are normally hundreds of tourists .
Gerardo Larrain Egusquiza
Awesome places to visit lovely beaches and good surf
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