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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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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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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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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Bicycle leaning against the lookout at Island Arch with the rock formations in the background in Loch Ard Gorge

Princetown - Port Campbell - Great Ocean Road return 36km

Cyclists riding the western end of the Great Ocean Road for the first time will be surprised by how little traffic it carries in...

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Bay of Martyrs Trail with the ocean on the left

Peterborough - Bay of Martyrs - steps and beaches edition 8km

Distance: 8 km Elevation gained:...

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Gellibrand River Ride 40km

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

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Scuba & Snorkelling around the 12 Apostles

The Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, Arches Marine Sanctuary and the bays surrounding Peterborough, create world class...

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Swimming along the 12 Apostles Coastline

Port Campbell’s sheltered bay is patrolled on weekends and Public Holidays from Mid November till Easter Monday. Sound...

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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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Princetown - Old Coach Road - Great Ocean Walk loop 8km

Distance: 7.6km Elevation gained:...

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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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A Mount, 3 Lakes, Cake & Coffee by Bike

Make sure you allow plenty of time to take photos on this great little tour around...

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Mount Noorat summit and crater loop 2.4km

Distance: 2.4km Elevation:...

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Princetown Shorty Trail Run 4.3km

Distance: 4.3km Elevation gained:...

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Croft's Bay

Croft’s Bay is a long pretty bay that is generally sheltered from Ocean Swell by offshore reef and a collection of smaller...

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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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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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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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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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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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