Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Port Campbell and the Twelve Apostles - Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Port Campbell and the Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell is a small seaside town with a population of only around 600 people. It is at the western end of the Great Ocean Road and just a short drive from the famed twelve apostles.

Top 5 things to do and see

Port Campbell
Port Campbell is a quiet, quaint little town right on the bay, with a great swimming beach, a wharf for fishing, and just the right number of shops, pubs and cafe's to wander. Everything is in walking distance in the township.

Twelve Apostles
Just a short drive to the east are the 12 Apostles, 45 metre high limestone stacks which are definitely worth the visit, we arrived before sunset and the view was spectacular. The Great Ocean Road is all about the views though, so if you have children with you, make sure you arm them with a camera to keep their interest peaked.

Short Drives
From Port Campbell there are short drives toward and beyond Peterborough where you can see The Arch, London Bridge, take a short walk to The Grotto, as well as see the Bay of Islands. There is even a boat ramp here at Boat Bay - only for the confident!

Head into the hinterland to sample the tastes of Timboon – berries, cheese, wine, honey and even ice cream.

Water Activities
Whether fishing, swimming, snorkelling or free-diving are your thing, there is plenty to keep you busy at Port Campbell’s protected bay beach and jetty. Dive for abalone or crayfish (license required), hang your line in from the jetty or simply laze on the beach, catching a wave or two.

There are a number of short walks accessible from the township of Port Campbell that take you up on the cliffs for views across the bay including the 4.4km Discovery Walk.

At each of the coastal viewing points there are short walks of a range of distances to viewing platforms.

Holiday options
An easy weekend getaway from Melbourne for a couple, group or the whole family. Or, a perfect stop on a longer touring trip on to Great Ocean Road.

When to go?
Enjoy the beaches in the summer, walking during the cooler seasons and views of the coastline at any time of the year.

How to get there?
Port Campbell is 250km south-west of Melbourne, you can either take the inland route via Colac on the Princes Highway or travel along the length of the Great Ocean Road (a longer option)

How long to go for?
A weekend would be the minimum, but, being so close to Melbourne this is a popular weekend away, so if you can visit mid-week you’ll encounter smaller crowds. To see and do everything on the Great Ocean Road, you’d need a week or more.

Where to Stay? There is a huge range of accommodation in Port Campbell.

Tourist Information
For visitor information go to www.visit12apostles.com.au however, once you get there, most of the main attractions and accommodation have local visitor information handy.

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