Take A Road Trip & Get Swept Away By The Twelve Apostles



Follow the Great Ocean Road along the coastline of south west Victoria and you’ll find yourself face to face with one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Rising majestically out of the Southern Ocean, the iconic golden cliffs and crumbling limestone pillars of the Twelve Apostles are an unforgettable sight. Guarding the rugged and windswept coastline of Port Campbell National Park some 275 kilometres west of Melbourne, the journey to the Twelve Apostles isn’t a walk in the park but it’s one hell of a spectacular road trip. Deemed one of the world’s most scenic routes, the Great Ocean Road starts 100 kilometres from the city in the seaside surf town of Torquay. From there, it winds along dramatic coastal cliffs, above pristine beaches, right past each of the exquisite Surf Coast’s seaside towns.

You’d be mad not to take advantage of what the region has to offer with a weekend getaway while you’re heading toward the “main event” or quite frankly, you’re going to spend the better part of your day driving; and let me tell you, four hours (each way) is a darn long way to go for a fairly quick photo opportunity. The way I see it, if you’re going to cart your camera 275 kilometres along one of the world’s most scenic roads, you may as well make a weekend of it. You could explore Torquay and its world famous surf hotspot, Bells Beach. Why not spend the night in Aireys Inlet or the ever popular seaside town of Lorne.

Seeing the rugged splendour of one of the seven natural wonders of the world should be a no brainer if you’re around these parts. The truckloads of travellers that pour down the Great Ocean Road to see them every year.

Once upon a time – or up to 20 million years ago – the Twelve Apostles’ lonely pillars were actually part of the mainland. Eroded by waves and wind, over time the soft limestone cliffs between Port Campbell and Princetown were carved away; first into caves, that eventually became arches, before the fierce elements battered them down into isolated craggy columns that soar up to 45 metres out of the surf. Mother nature at it’s finest giving Victoria the iconic natural wonder we now know and love. Timber boardwalks run around the cliff tops, providing the perfect viewing platforms and seats but if you feel like something extra special, take a helicopter ride and get a bird’s eye view of the whole scene. It will leave you speechless.

You’d better get moving if you want to see the Twelve Apostles though. They won’t be there forever. The elements continue to eat away at the famous craggy towers at a rate of roughly two centimetres a year. In January 1990, a nearby formation called London Bridge – a natural arch linking the mainland to offshore rocks – collapsed leaving two stunned tourists stranded until a rescue helicopter saved the day. In July 2005, another 50 metre tall Apostle toppled dramatically into the sea, bringing the number down to eight. Check out this website for more information.

Have you been to the Twelve Apostles?

Planning a trip to the most liveable city in the world? Or maybe you’re a local who’s just well overdue for a weekend getaway… Either way, check out these posts on the Peninsula Hot Springs, Werribee Mansion and Aireys Inlet for some cool day trip inspo. Crown Towers Hotel is hard to beat when it comes to luxury accommodation in a prime location, see my review here. For plenty more on Melbourne check out this post on the best the city has to offer. Just make sure you take time to treat yourself to a brunch break at one of the Best Juice Bars In Melbourne.