Accessibility & Mobility

The Grotto

There is a path that leads from the carpark to the Grotto. The first 80 metres of the path has timber decking with timber edging. Some of the timber decking has gaps of up to two centimetres wide, which may be hazardous for some walking frames.

After the first 80 metres the path changes to a surface of compacted small to medium crushed rock.

The first designated viewing area of The Grotto is approximately 300 metres from the carpark. This section of the path is relatively level, except for a small section with a gradient of about 1:14. The viewing area consists of a timber deck and has horizontal timber safety railings.

The main designated viewing area of The Grotto is approximately 40 metres further down the path from the first viewing area. This section of path becomes quite steep, with a gradient of approximately 1:10. As a result, the path section after the first viewing area is not recommended for wheelchairs or strollers or visitors with limited mobility.

At the main viewing area there is a staircase leading down to a beach-level view of The Grotto. This is not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs or visitors with limited mobility.



A selection of trails and lookouts that are more suitable for wheelchairs, frames, mobility scooters and those that would prefer to walk shorter distances.

Two manual wheelchairs are available from the Twelve Apostle Visitor Centre. Visitors with mobility limitations are welcome to use these wheelchairs to access the Twelve Apostles viewing areas.

Call into the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre or download a copy of the 12 Apostles and Surrounds Access Guide.

12 Apostle & Surround - Accessibility Guide
Corangamite Shire - Access Guide

Visit the Parks Victoria website for accessibility to specific Port Campbell National Parks walks

London Bridge

There are two paths leading from the London Bridge car park. These two paths eventually join to meet the main path. The smaller of the two paths is located at the top of the disabled parking bay. It is a small crushed compacted gravel path approximately 1.2 metres wide.

Getting onto it from the designated disabled parking bay may be difficult if the adjoining parking bay is occupied.

The larger main path leading from the car park is sealed and accessed between the long vehicle and car parking areas. It is the most common path entrance accessed by visitorsand has accessible symbol signage at the start. Access to it requires crossing the car park service road.

There are three separate designated viewing areas for London Bridge. The main path branches off to these at different intervals. The most accessible viewing area is the middle viewing area (Main lookout), approximately 100 metres from the designated disabled parking bay. This viewing area consists of tiered viewing platforms, the top platform being the most accessible. The lower viewing platform has several steps and is not accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. The top viewing platform consists of timber decking with timber horizontal railings and an upper steel rail. Vertical steel mesh has also been applied to the front safety barrier. This may obstruct the quality of the view for those in a seated position.

The Upper designated viewing area of London Bridge is accessed from a relatively steep sealed path leading off from the main path. The last 80 metres of this path has a gradient of approximately 1:10 degrees, which may be too steep for wheelchairs.

The third designated viewing area (Lower lookout) of London Bridge is not recommended for strollers and wheelchairs. The path has some very steep sections and the last 30 metres of the path is unsealed with an uneven surface. The path varies in gradient and is approximately 1.3 metres wide.

Loch Ard Gorge

The main path from the carpark leading to the Loch Ard Gorge designated viewing areas and the Island Archway designated viewing areas is sealed and approximately 2.3 metres wide. The first viewing area of Loch Ard Gorge is approximately 20 metres from the carpark and is accessed by a short, smaller path that leads off the main path. This path is approximately 170 centimetres wide and is also sealed. This path takes you to the first small viewing area overlooking the Gorge. This viewing area has pool-style fencing railing which may slightly obstruct the view of a person seated in a wheelchair or stroller.

A second designated viewing area of Loch Ard Gorge is located 30 metres further along the path and there is a slight downward gradient to it.

This viewing area has concrete walls, making it difficult to see the Gorge from a seated position.

There are steps leading down to the small beach area at the bottom of the Gorge near this viewing area. These steps are not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs or visitors with limited mobility.

Twelve Apostles

The path to the main Twelve Apostles viewing area has a sealed surface and is about 2.8 metres wide in most sections. There are grab railings in the first section of the path but they don't continue for the rest of the path.
The low gradient, width and the surface of the path to the first designated viewing area is well suited for wheelchairs and strollers. The distance from the carpark to the viewing area is approximately 280 metres.
There is a large map of the path and of the Twelve Apostle viewing areas located on the outside wall of the visitor centre.

Twelve Apostles viewing areas:

The main designated viewing area of the Twelve Apostles has a stairway leading from the path down to the viewing platform.
There is alternative access for wheelchairs and strollers is available about 80 metres further along the path. There is information signage along the path and at the viewing area. Some of the information signage may be hard to read for some vision impaired visitors.
The main viewing platform has a timber floor surface with timber and wire railings. The platform is very long and approximately 2.1 metres wide.
The timber railings, with their upper steel rail, may partly obstruct the view for some visitors in low wheelchairs or strollers.
There are rest benches on the viewing platform and on the access path.
A smaller designated viewing area of the Twelve Apostles is located approximately 180 metres further along the main path. The path is sealed and approximately 2.8 metres wide.
Beyond this smaller viewing area there is a section of path that has significant long slopes of approximately 1:10 in several sections making it difficult for wheelchairs and strollers to access the next designated viewing area.
The third designated viewing area, known locally as ‘he saddle,’ provides views of the Twelve Apostles in the north west and Gibson Steps beach in the south east. The viewing area has a timber deck with timber and wire railings and a steel top rail. There is also a bench rest seat and significant room for maneuverability.
The fourth designated viewing area of the Twelve Apostles, locally known as ‘the bunker’, has a concrete safety wall with horizontal safety wiring above it. It may be difficult to get a good view of the Twelve Apostles from a wheelchair or stroller in this area. This viewing area also has bench seats and significant room for maneuverability.
Visit the Parks Victoria website for more accessibility information, including photos of the specific trails.

Peterborough Foreshore

Unobstructed views from the car. Good access to amenities. Best access to the beach for those with mobility impairment is from the sandy boat ramp south of the main pedestrian access.


Princetown Boardwalk

Boardwalk is partially accessible for prams and wheelchairs from the car park on Old Coach Road West (near the Gellibrand River Bridge.) Watch the uneven connection from the roadside verge to the boardwalk.



Port Campbell Lookout

Slight decline to the small viewing platform is generally accessible.


Port Campbell Jetty

Ramp to the pier has a medium gradient; the upper level of the pier is generally accessible for prams and wheelchairs.


Gibson Steps


There is a small designated viewing area looking out over the ocean that is located approximately 20 metres from the carpark. This is accessed by a sealed path approximately 1.4 metres wide. This path has a slight gradient of approximately 1:18.
Beach access at Gibson Steps is via an 86 step staircase down the cliff face and is not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs or visitors with limited mobility.

Bay of Islands

One designated accessible car parking space. The track to the main viewing platform is 280m return with a slight incline. The trails to the western viewing platforms are narrow and not suitable for prams and wheelchairs.



Bay or Martytrs

One designated accessible car parking space. The trail to the lookout has a slight incline on crushed rock but is suitable for wheelchairs. Good vision of the formations from the car. Steps to the beach.

The Arch

There is a sealed path leading from the carpark to The Arch viewing areas. This path is approximately 1.8 metres wide and 150 metres long. The first 50 metres of the path is reasonably level but the last 100 metres descends quite steeply, with a slope of approximately 1:10.
There is a small timber deck viewing area located just off the main path approximately 80 metres from the carpark. This viewing area is quite small for manoeuvrability and visibility from a chair or stroller is limited due to timber, horizontal safety railings and vegetation.
The main designated viewing area for the Arch provides a good size for wheelchair manoeuvrability. The floor has timber decking and there are timber horizontal safety railings.
Viewing is reasonably good if looking in between the rails from a seated position.

Accessible Restaurants & Bars

After all those trails, lookouts and attractions, you are going to need some refreshment. Below is some accessibility information regarding a number of the local restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions. So now you can take your tastebuds on holiday too.

12 Rocks Cafe & Beach Bar

Good access at main entrance and into outdoor dining areas but heavy outward swinging doors means people in wheelchairs may need assistance. Fully accesible toilet.

Apostle Whey Cheese

Gravel car park. The entrance is flat and the doorway is accessible. The toilets are fully accessible for mobility-impaired people.

Berry World

The entrance to Berry world is accessible to mobility-impaired people. Off street parking is available. All access toilet available.

Cheeseworld

Fully accessible from side entrance ramp with swinging door at front entrance. All areas of the cafe Museum and adjacent Vintage Engine collection are fully accessible. Accessible toilets

G.O.R.G.E Chocolates

From the gravel car park it is a slight decline to the entrance and tasting room. Room available for drop off and pick up at entrance.

Newtons Ridge Estate

Fully accessible from side entrance ramp with swinging door at front entrance. All areas of the cafe Museum and adjacent Vintage Engine collection are fully accessible. Accessible toilets

Princetown General Store and Cafe

Accessible public toilet is available across the road. Ramp to front entrance and good access to the rear part of the cafe and outdoor dining area (small lip at rear entrance). Accessible parking across road with slight gradient sloping towards curb.

The Timboon Cheesery

Gravel car park. The entrance is flat and the doorway is accessible via a ramp. There are accessible toilets.

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Timboon Railway Shed Distillery

Large gravel car parking. Wheelchair access to all areas of distillery. Dessert, cake and ice cream display cabinets suitable for people in wheelchairs and children. Accessible toilet.

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Waves Restaurant and Suits

Level access from street level to outdoor dining area. Accessible toilets. While the main entrance has two swinging doors with may prove difficult to negotiate alternate access is available via bank of sliding doors offering easier access to the building for prams and wheelchairs.

Walking Trail Accessibility

Many of the Twelve Apostles and hinterland walking trails are accessible to people with limited mobility including wheelchairs, strollers and frames. For more details than what is listed below, including photos of the walking trails, visit the Parks Victoria website.

 

Visit the Parks Victoria website for more accessibility information, including photos of the specific trails.