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“Beautiful, my favorite place on the Great Ocean Road.”

Port Campbell National Park
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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne
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Owner description: Port Campbell National Park is world famous for its extraordinary collection of wave-sculpted rock formations and the Twelve Apostles. Loch Ard Gorge, site of the 19th century shipwreck 'Loch Ard', as well as the Island Archway and London Bridge are other highlights. The Island Archway collapsed in 2009, highlighting the fragile and ever-changing nature of Victoria's coastline. Start your visit by heading to the Twelve Apostles Kiosk and Carpark before taking the walk to view the amazing Twelve Apostles coastline. The site offers kiosk, information, shelter and toilets. Walk the short distance (500m) through a tunnel under the Great Ocean Road to various lookouts offering expansive, breathtaking views. From the Twelve Apostles carpark there is also an easy 2.2km return walk to Gibson Steps Lookout. The lookout is above the beach with excellent views East and West. Port Campbell National Park lies between Princetown and Peterborough, 285 km west of Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road (4-5 hours drive), and 240 km from Melbourne via Colac.
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We rented a car in Melbourne and made a loop back so we could travel the Great Ocean Road. Port Campbell National park is beautiful. We visited early morning and late afternoon for the best photo ops. We saw penguins in the evening (Awesome!!) and tried to see them going out the next morning but you have to be very early to see them go back out to the water. We hiked down to a river that feeds into the ocean and saw lots of beautiful birds.

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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Port Campbell Park takes in quite a lot of beautiful sights. We travelled West to East (backwards) and really enjoyed the stops and walks with interesting info boards. My suggestion is do the trip from Melbourne and enjoy the twisty windy mountain/beach scenes as there are no pull-over bays if heading int he opposite direction. Continue on and drive to Warrnambool and go to Flagstaff Hill to learn the history of the Loch Ard BEFORE turning around and heading back. The information/history that we learnt certainly made us appreciate the sights and significance all that more than just for the beauty. The number of people that we heard commenting that they wish they knew the info/history before visiting was surprising. From leaving Warrnambool early in the morning, the formations heading back to Melbourne are in the sun and super impressive. Please don't expect all the formations and carparks/stop areas to be the same as 12 Apostles. This is by far the busiest of all the stops and we didn't enjoy it at all. Very glad we did this part of the road backwards and spent more of our time in earlier stops and walks without the masses of tourists.

3  Thank Megan H
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

What an amazing location. A place of beauty. Worth the trip to see it. There was other tourists but you weren't smothered by them. You have plenty of space. Just be patient and take your time. People rush and forget their manners too much these days! Enjoy the views!

1  Thank SianMaloney
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Twelve Apostles is the top site in Victoria, yet the car park was full, the viewing platforms were full of tourists and people just elbow you to grab a vantage point.
Only go there early mornings when the bus loads of tourists have not arrived. Even at 6am there are lots of photo-tour tourists... I couldn't believe it!

1  Thank oztraveller65
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

We hired a car in Melbourne and drove the Great Ocean Road for 4 hours before reaching the 12 Apostles National Park. It was so worth every single mile to get to this spectacular sight! I agree totally with a previous review that it is almost impossible to capture the sights in pictures; in fact the best thing to do, IMO, is to just drink in the beauty and amazement of the place with the naked eye! I did take a few shots but they just do not do it justice.

We came back to Melbourne the inland route and altogether we were about 9 hours in the car. We have no concept of these distances here in Ireland! Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful day.

1  Thank mollieNorthEast
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