Gibson Steps

Visitors are advised to check tide and ocean conditions before visiting Gibson Steps. This beach offers spectacular viewing opportunities in the right conditions. Park at the 12 Apostles car park and take the 1.2km trail to the top of the steps.

Great Ocean Road Princetown



Prepare to be dwarved by the enormity of the cliffline and offshore stacks. The sheer scale of natural sculpting evident at this site is humbling. In local vernacular Gog and Magog are the names given to the two offshore stacks that may be viewed from both the viewing platform and (tide and sea permitting) and from beach level. These are not considered part of the 12 Apostles. The steps were carved into the cliff by local settler Hugh Gibson who worked on traditional access used by the original Kirrae Whurrong inhabitants.

Why not Park at the 12 Apostles?

Visitors are advised it is illegal to park on the Great Ocean Road (or any road) adjacent to a solid yellow line.

You can now park your car at the 12 Apostles and walk to Gibson Steps via a 1km section of the Great Ocean Walk. The walk departs from the back of the kiosk at the 12 Apostles and safely underpasses the Great Ocean Road near the Gibson Steps viewing platform and beach access.

From 12 Apostles car park

Distance: 2km return to clifftop viewing area

From Gibson Steps car park

Length: 50m return to lookout 86 steps and ramped walkway to beach (5 mins)

Time: 30 – 45 minutes

Don’t turn your back on the ocean

Gibson Steps is open to the full force of ocean swell from the Southern Ocean; conditions can change dramatically in a short period of time. Knowledge and careful observation of tide times and ocean swell are necessary for safe experiences here.

Access Information

  • Gibson Steps car park has designated accessible parking space from main car park.

  • The western viewing platform is accessible and the access to the descent can be negotiated for a short distance.

  • Access via the Great Ocean Walk is via a narrow gravel path and is not advised for prams wheelchairs or mobility scooters

Physical Address and GPS Coordinates

  • Great Ocean Road, 5km west of Princetown

  • Lat: -38.6684063623781

  • Lng: 143.110549449921