12 Apostles Great Ocean Road is one of the most well known and iconic spots in Australia. It’s located along the Great Ocean Road and is famous for its tall limestone structures which line the beautiful coast. The 12 Apostles is as spectacular in real life as it is in photographs! If you arrive at the right time, you’ll also get to experience this place without the crowds.
How to get to the 12 Apostles Great Ocean Road
The 12 Apostles is located roughly 3 hours from Melbourne city, along the famous Great Ocean Road. When arriving at the carpark, be sure to follow the signs for the viewing platform as the pathway to the lookout actually goes underneath the main road. This viewing platform is the largest along the whole Great Ocean Road so you’re sure to find some space to yourself to admire the incredible formations. We visited at sunrise and basically had the whole place to ourselves. Unfortunately there’s no staircase down from here, but you can head to Gibsons Steps where you can walk onto the beach and get up close with the formations.
Where to stay near the 12 Apostles
There aren’t many accommodation options along the Great Ocean Road. You’ll find mainly small cottages although there is one local town which is Port Campbell. Port Campbell is definitely the best place to stay if you’re looking for accommodation close to the Twelve Apostles with access to small supermarkets. A popular and mid budget motel in the area is Loch Ard Motor Inn. If you’re looking for something cheaper, you can try Port Campbell Guesthouse & Flashpackers.
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Best Time To Visit 12 Apostles Great Ocean Road
The 12 Apostles is accessible and available to visit all year round. The best months to visit are between November and March during the warmer months. We visited in April and it was chilly in the mornings, but we had blue skies throughout the day. However the weather in this area can be a little unpredictable as some days may be overcast and even raining. The best time of day to shoot the 12 Apostles is definitely sunrise. We visited at sunrise and found the viewing platforms to be fairly quiet. Sunset is also a great time to take photos although by 3pm the whole Great Ocean Road is full of tourists and people hanging around for sunset.
What to Expect
The 12 Apostles is one of the most magical places to visit in Australia! It’s famous for the giant natural limestone stacks which align the coastal cliffs. The structures were created by constant erosion over hundreds and hundreds of years. There are now 7 stacks left after one collapsed a few years ago.
Be sure to make your way here for sunrise as it’s truely beautiful to get to watch the sunrise over the tall stacks. When we visited the sky was a beautiful purple colour which just made the experience so perfect. If you’re unable to make it for sunrise, sunset is also beautiful although it gets super busy. The whole Great Ocean Road starts to get very busy at around 3pm.
The viewing platform for the 12 Apostles is very large, so be sure to explore the whole area to find the best spot! Most people tend to walk right to the very end of the viewpoint where there is a 360 degree platform. We found this area to be a bit busier than the start of the platform. Wherever you decide to hang out, you’re sure to have an unforgettable view of these incredible natural formations.
For more awesome stops along the Great Ocean Road, be sure to check out our Great Ocean Road Itinerary!