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 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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Male running along the Great Ocean Walk with the ocean in the background and grey skies

Princetown - Devils Kitchen - Great Ocean Walk loop

Distance: 16.2km Elevation gained:...

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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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Wonky and a Bit (46km)

Start this ride early to make the most of quieter roads and to allow plenty of time to visit attractions including the Arch,...

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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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Loch Ard Trails Winter Solstice Sunset

Distance: 7.1km Elevation gained:...

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Children standing at the lookout looking towards the ferns

Maits Rest

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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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Gibson steps beach sunrise

Gibson Steps

Prepare to be dwarfed by the magnitude of the cliff-line and offshore stacks. The sheer scale of natural sculpting evident at...

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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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Mount McKenzie Track to Princetown 46km

Down, down, down then undulating ups and downs beside the Gellibrand River all the way to Princetown, this is one sweet...

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Female on a bicycle at the beginnin of the Timboon to Camperdown Rail Trail

Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail

The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and...

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Paddling Lakes, Rivers, Estuaries of the 12 Apostles Coastline

For recreational paddlers, the volcanic lakes and estuaries generally provide more protected and predictable waters with plenty...

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Glow worms at Melba Gully

Glow Worms near the 12 Apostles Coast

Fairy lights in the forest! Don’t forget to bring a...

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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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Gables - Devil's Kitchen - Old Coach Road Loop

Distance: 9km Elevation gained:...

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Port Campbell Suspension Bridge

The impressive Port Campbell suspension bridge is in fact the third suspension bridge constructed to provide community and...

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A lady posing for her photo too be taken from the viewing platform with the 12 Apostles in the background

12 Apostles Viewing Platforms

The jewel in the crown of the Great Ocean Road and the number one visited attraction in the region is the 12 Apostles.  Seeing...

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Childers Cove

Childers Cove

Childers Cove, Sandy Cove and Murnanes Bay offer wonderful seascapes and an impression of relative isolation even in peak...

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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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Princetown - Moonlight Head - Great Ocean Road return 33.2km

This ride takes in the first part of the classic hill ride to Lavers Hill and offers quick descents and a heap of downhill and...

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male standing on the cliff looking at the rough surf

The Gables Lookout to Princetown - Great Ocean Walk

Distance: 12.7km Elevation gained:...

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Male kayaking from Boat Bay with the cliff to his left

Boat Bay

Anybody who has ever backed a trailer needs to have a look at this ramp. Lots of offshore stacks are visible in this sheltered...

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Gables - Wreck Beach - Devil's Kitchen

Distance: 8.4 km Elevation gained:...

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Be Inspired

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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