The terrain and natural features of the 12 Apostles Coast and hinterland offer plenty of opportunities for active recreation. With lakes and estuaries for paddling, trails and quiet country roads for cycling and running you may want to plan ahead to pack your gear.
The Southern Ocean offers it's own opportunities but all visitors should be wary that ocean is unpredictable and at times wild and tempestuous. Activities in the ocean require careful planning, knowledge of conditions and an appropriate level of skill and equipment to cope with unforeseen circumstances.
Lucky there are plenty of land based, river and lake options for when things get rough and of course some of the best lookouts to watch the drama in the ocean unfold.
Traffic on the western part of the Great Ocean Road is generally quiet in the mornings offering cyclists the opportunity for amazing coastal rides and surf and turf loops on quiet rural roads.
Click here for Relive videos of our favourite rides and if you are on Strava come claim our KOM's
Nose to the wind and hit the trail, invigorating runs and jaw dropping scenery from a brisk morning head clear to an 106km off road epic, we've got you covered!
Check out these Relive videos of our favourite routes and bring a friend because trails this good just need to be shared!
Paddling - Kayak and Canoe
Inland lakes and estuaries provided sheltered opportunities in spectacular settings. You will need to bring your own equipment and carefully planning is advised to ensure safe and enjoyable experiences. Click here for information on ocean, lake and estuary opportunities.
Great Ocean Walk
Victoria's premier coastal walking trail extends 106km from Apollo Bay West to the 12 Apostles just 12km from Port Campbell. Whether it is a short section or a multi day adventure you crave. Click here for more information and pick up maps and advice from the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre before you go.
Surfing and surf culture are part of the very fabric of our coastal communities. Beach and reef breaks between Princetown and Peterborough offer waves that seriously challenge the most experienced surfer. Our general advice is to leave your boards strapped to the roof of your car and keep your wetsuits dry. Look for surfers jumping off the jetty in Port Campbell and the contented smile of local big wave chargers when the conditions are right.
Scuba & Snorkelling
Located in the Southern Ocean, waters west of Cape Otway can be rugged. Indeed, it is these conditions that have helped shape the natural rock formations that exist above and below the water. Conditions can change rapidly, even within seemingly sheltered bays.
Port Campbell’s sheltered bay is patrolled on weekends and Public Holidays from Mid November till Easter Monday. Sound observation and risk assessment is necessary when considering swimming options. Swimming is not recommended at any of the open ocean beaches.
Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail
The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding scenery.
Spring fed lakes like Lake Bullen Merri offer good opportunity for water skiers whose fields of play have been limited elsewhere by drought.
Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail
Enjoy this wonderful 53km trail in parts or plan a wonderful weekend meandering through historic goldfields sites, traversing a majestic trestle bridge and taking in the wonderful rolling hills and pockets of forest between Ballarat and Skipton.
Let the wind play with your hair and the sand tickle your toes. Take a walk, slow down fill your lungs with fresh air and slip into the relaxed easy sway of life in the 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland. Pack the clubs or borrow some, try your luck and catch a fish or read a book in a stunning location the choice is yours.
Here are some businesses that can help you on your way
Port Campbell Touring Company
Port Campbell Touring Company provides private, personalized tours in south west Victoria. Based in Port Campbell, they specialise in value adding to the visitor experience along the Twelve Apostles Coast.
12 Apostles Helicopters
Join 12 Apostles Helicopters for a breathtaking flight over the most beautiful scenery in Australia. Perhaps a journey over the 12 Apostles, a flight to the Bay of Islands via...
Taking a morning stroll on the Great Ocean Walk just got easier.Picture yourself on the edge of the continent, walking on a clifftop trail to the 12 Apostles with the...
Crater to Coast Bicycle Hire
We hire mountain bikes for whole family , including your pets to ride the Timboon to Camperdown Railtrail.
Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill
The Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill turns raw fibre into a variety of unique, artisan and handcrafted yarns. They are 100 per cent Australian, sourcing all of their fibre from Victoria.
Fishing local Rivers
From the volcanic plains and Otway Ranges to the coast our rivers and streams traverse a landscape of lakes, conical peaks, rainforest and coastal woodland on their journey to the sea. Take some time and throw in a line.