The Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone pillars located just off the coast of Port Campbell on Australia’s Great Ocean Road. This world famous attraction was formed when the extreme wind and rain of the Southern Ocean eroded the soft limestone cliffs, leaving arches that then collapsed further into stacks 160 foot (50 metres) high.
Despite the name you can only see 7 apostles from the main vantage point with one collapsing in July 2005, 2 more apostles are hidden by the headlands and only visible by walking trails. Due to the nature of these rock formations and the continued erosion, more apostles will collapse and be created in the future.
Stop and visit the Twelve Apostles Centre before taking the walk to view the amazing Twelve Apostles coastline. The Centre offers insightful cultural heritage stories, shelter and toilets. Walk the short distance (500m) through the tunnel, under the Great Ocean Road to various lookouts offering expansive, breathtaking views.
Port Campbell National Park is located around 3 hours drive from Melbourne making it a perfect day trip. The area contains other incredible rock formations, gorges, blow-holes and arches including London Arch (previously London Bridge), Gibson Steps, The Grotto and the popular Loch Ard Gorge.
Some fantastic tours are available from Melbourne that will visit all the main attractions.