Port Campbell Natural Attractions
Pounded by wild seas and fierce winds, the coast of the Port Campbell National Park has been sculpted over millions of years to become one of the most impressive natural sights in Australia. Towering rock stacks loom out of the ocean just off shore from sheer limestone cliffs. Arches, islands and blowholes have also been carved out of the soft cliffs by the wind and sea.
Within the National Park:
Limestone arch connected to the mainland until 1990 is another fine example of the erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland that formed caves which eventually became arches.
A small pool beneath and archway with crashing waves in the background.
680 metres return walk on boardwalk and paved areas.
Note: No beach access.
Stretching 32 kilometres from Peterborough towards Warrnambool. Provides spectacular views of the rugged coastline where many a ship met their demise including Schomberg in 1855, Young Australian in 1877, Newfield in 1892, Falls of Halladale in 1908 to name but a few. 4 main viewing areas with 1.8 metres of trails. Please Note: No Beach Access.
A tale of tragedy and heroism unfolded when the clipper Loch Ard struck the coast in 1878 with the loss of 52 lives only 2 survived Eva Carmichael and Tom Pearce who were swept into the gorge and later taken to Glenample Homestead to recuperate. Take the time to explore the cementary where many of the ill fated passengers of the clipper are buried. There are 4 walking tracks ranging from 900m to 3.2 kms.
10 minutes east of Port Campbell township. World famous off shore stacks, arguably the most photographed feature on the Australian coastline. 2 viewing areas, sealed path and boardwalk 600m walk return. No beach access.
A few minutes drive from The 12 Apostles just off the Great Ocean Road is Gibson's Steps carpark. Sealed path leads to a viewing area affording a great vista over the wild Southern Ocean. To access the beach below you have to descend 86 steps, great if you are reasonably fit, but if you are not, best stay at the viewing area, also not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. The beach below is not safe for swimming, but apparently is a good spot for surf fishing. And be aware of the tides if you intend to take a walk along the beach or fish.
* When exploring the National and Marine Park be mindful of the dangers such as unstable cliffs, tides, variable sea conditions and fragile cliff top and shoreline ecosystems.
* Keep to the tracks and trails and leave nothing behind.
* No pets (unless specified) fires, camping or sleeping overnight in vehicles.
A walk through picturesque sheoak groves brings you to a viewing platform on one of the highest headlands on the mainland, known as "The Gable" offering spectacular views of the coastline.
Marvel at the birdlife as you stroll the track. Visit the cemetery. Descend approx 300 steps to the beach (reasonable fitness required). Walk to the west and see the anchors from the shipwrecks Fuji and the Marie Gabrielle (see shipwrecks for more details on these ships). Gemstones and rockpools on the beach. Caution: Be aware of tide movement.