Outdoor Activities

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.

Biking

Tarmac, surf and turf loops, black and tan cyclo-cross epics and family friendly trails...

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Boating

Whether you are packing the fishing rods, water skis and wakeboards, a local cheese platter, or tackle box and rods; the ocean lakes and rivers around the 12 Apostles region provide a picturesque...

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Fishing

Charters and beach and jetty fishing options will keep serious anglers entertained while the rest of us are too gob smacked by the scenery to make a decent...

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Golf

Memorable golfing opportunities guaranteed to lower the blood pressure if not your handicap! See what happens when you take a swing by the sea or a whack by the volcanic...

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Other Water Activities

Port Campbell Jetty is a great spot to watch local surfers and SUPs that in most conditions leap into the ocean before commencing their paddle around the point....

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Surfing

Port Campbell Jetty is a great spot to watch local surfers that in most conditions leap into the ocean before commencing their paddle around the point....

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Swimming

Port Campbell Bay is patrolled on weekends and Public Holidays from Mid November till Easter Monday. Swimming is not recommended at any of the open ocean...

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Trail Running

Pack your runners and get ready to discover a little running nirvana on your next visit. Unlock the secrets of our favourite loops from 4 - 16...

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Trails & Lookouts

12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland region has expansive a network of walking and riding trails covering coast, lakes, ancient volcanoes and farming...

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Walking

Victoria's premier coastal walking trail, the Great Ocean Walk ends at the iconic 12 Apostles, just 12km from Port...

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Couple reading the sign at the beginning of the discovery walk

Port Campbell Lookout (Discovery Walk) access

The angle of Port Campbell Bay and the offshore reefs that provide its protection are beautifully captured from this viewing...

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View of trees at Melba Gully

Melba Gully

A true Otway gem, famous for its massive 350 year old Otway messmate and enchanting glow worms, Melba Gully is the most westerly...

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Loch Ard Trails Winter Solstice Sunset

Distance: 7.1km Elevation gained:...

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Great Ocean Walk

Great Ocean Walk Victoria’s premier coastal walking trail extends 106km from Apollo Bay West to the 12 Apostles just 12km...

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Paddling in the Ocean

Knowledge of local swell, sea, wind, prevailing conditions and sound judgment is necessary for safe experiences in this area....

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Peterborough - Bay of Martyrs Trail

A wonderful cliff top trail from Peterborough Golf Course, through Halladale Point where you can view where the Falls of...

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Princetown Beach

The meandering course of the Gellibrand River finds the sea beneath the bold headland of Pt Ronald. Wild and untamed;...

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Surfing near the 12 Apostles

Surfing and surf culture are part of the very fabric of our coastal communities. Beach and reef breaks between Princetown and...

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Sun rising on the horizon. Looking back towards the beach at Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge Sunrise

Distance: 7 km Elevation gained:...

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Bike at the 12 Apostles lookout

Port Campbell - Melrose Road - Great Ocean Road loop 40km

This is the first of our Surf and Turf loops that we will be loading in the next few...

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The Grotto

Many a visitor holds a special memory of their visit to the Grotto. Spray from waves can cast a fine mist over the low viewing...

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The Arch

The Arch Day Visitor area and lookouts are temporarily closed due to public safety risk. This site is often spectacular in the...

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Boat approaching Port Campbell Jetty as viewed from the Port Campbell Discovery Walk

Port Campbell Bay

Port Campbell Bay presents a gently sloping family friendly profile sheltered from the bulk of Southern Ocean swell. Waters...

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Bay of Martyrs Trail with the ocean on the left

Peterborough - Bay of Martyrs - steps and beaches edition

Distance: 8 km Elevation gained:...

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Footbridge across the Gellibrand

Princetown Shorty Trail Run

Distance: 4.3km Elevation gained:...

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View of rock formations at Peterborough beach

Peterborough Foreshore

The car park to the south of town offers views looking east across the wreck sites of the Schomberg and the Newfield....

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Couple walking amongst the Californian Redwoods

The Redwoods

This 85 year old plantation of Californian Redwoods has become a favourite local picnic area, the muffled sound and lack of...

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Misty morning image of the Gellibrand River abd footbridge crossing over it

Gellibrand River Ride 40km

Choose your own adventure along the picturesque Gellibrand River...

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View of rock formations in the ocean

Bay of Islands

The pale limestone of this section of coast reflects a different quality of light and offers superior photographic opportunity in...

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View through the lookout railing of the ocean looking east

The Gables lookout

The Gables lookout perches above some of the tallest coastal cliffs in Australia and is located on the Great Ocean Walk between...

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Newfield Bay Access & Fishing

The broad double sweep of Newfield Bay extends east from the mouth of the Curdies River some 1.7 km to where it terminates once...

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View of Triplet Falls through the lush rainforest vegetation

Triplet Falls & Little Aire Falls

Please note that you can access the Triplet Falls waterfall lookouts by heading to the right of the track. Visitors cannot walk...

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Fishing Local Estuaries

Estuarine species to be targeted include bream, mullet, trevally, estuary perch, mulloway and short finned eel. The upper layers...

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Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach

Find your own space on this crystal clear volcanic lake on the southern outskirts of...

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12 Apostles Trail on the Great Ocean Road

12 Apostles Trail – Getting ready to Roll

Local dairy, beef, ice cream and berries for lunch and seafood and local brews for supper. How does that sound? From the treetops of Timboon to the...

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Female looking towards the Port Campbell Bay and Jetty at sunset

Rediscover the 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland from Port Campbell

If you have been looking for the perfect weekend getaway, filled with picturesque landscapes, bucket list destinations, outdoor adventures and...

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Walking Port Campbell with my dog

The tale of a breezy wintery walk around Port Campbell in the company of Rocco, my trusty...

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Big waves: Let the heavyweight bout begin

Late Autumn, Winter and early Spring are times for big waves, book your front row seat for a glimpse of the age old battle that has shaped this...

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Trail running low tide Princetown Beach running on wet sand reflecting pink sky

Holiday Running!

Only a runner knows the feeling of escape and discovery that builds when you run into the...

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Great Ocean Rides

Cycling routes and tips for the 12 Apostles and western end of the Great Ocean...

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A Treat, a Treasure and a Trail!

School Holidays are all about balance. With this in mind we have put together some ideas for you to fill up some fun family days from the Craters to...

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.