Great Ocean Road Port Campbell
Let the others rush be sure to take your time at Loch Ard Gorge. It is impossible to walk these trails and not be moved by the powers of nature that have shaped and the shipwreck history that defines the area. Offshore stacks, blowholes and the indescribable beauty of formations like the razorback and island arch make this precinct the one with the lot. There is a map of the whole precinct viewable from the main car park. Visitors should allow 2 – 3 hours and be aware that there are 3 separate car parks.
A comprehensive display of artifacts from the Loch Ard and other local wrecks is on display 7 days a week at the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre 12 km west of the site. Visitors arriving from the west can also pick up Port Campbell National Park and Loch Ard trail maps from the centre.
From September to May a colony of short tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) inhabits the offshore stack that is Mutton Bird Island, their nightly return makes a dusk visit all the more worthwhile.
Location: 8km west of Port Campbell
- Length: Trails ranging from 200m – 3km (see details)
- Time: 2 – 3 hrs
- The Loch Ard precinct is linked by 3 car parks and four main trails.
- The designated accessible parking space at Loch Ard Gorge allows for good access to the Geology and Loch Ard lookout trails.
- Car parks at Mutton Bird island are not suitable for caravans and large vehicles and have no designated accessible parking spaces.
- There are no toilets on the site
Level crushed rock and bitumen surface 900m return the loop trail including The Razorback and Island Arch.
Loch Ard Wreck Lookout
Undulating bitumen access from the main car park to the lookout is 400m return. This walk forms part of the 1.4km Wreck of the Loch Ard trail
Wreck of the Loch Ard
1.4km slight inclines on bitumen and crushed rock, narrow in places near the cemetery.
A 1.1km sealed path that forms part of the 3.2km living on the edge trail.
Living on the Edge
3.2 km with inclines on bitumen and crushed rock.
Mutton Bird Island Lookout
100m level on crushed rock to the upper deck of the viewing platform there are steps down to the lower viewing platform.