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

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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View from the steps looking towards the suspension bridge, camp ground and Port Campbell township

Port Campbell Discovery Walk (Extended)

Distance: 6km Elevation gained:...

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Loch Ard Gorge morning

Distance: 7.1km Elevation gained:...

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London Bridge

London Bridge

London Bridge has upper western and lower eastern viewing platforms to take in the sweeping...

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Children standing at the lookout looking towards the ferns

Maits Rest

Maits Rest is a relatively short, circuit walk virtually beside the Great Ocean Road about 15 minutes west of Apollo...

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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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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 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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The Hill - Princetown - Lavers Hill - Princetown

Distance: 64.9km Elevation gained:...

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CAMPERDOWN - NAROGHID

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Female looking towards the Grotto

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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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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You Ride - We Ride - Let's Roll

You came for the trails now get ready to discover our favourite gravel and bitumen...

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Panoramic view of the Razorback rock formation in Lock Ard Gorge at sunset

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...

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Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail

Enjoy this wonderful 53km, 106km return, trail in parts or plan a wonderful weekend meandering through historic goldfields sites,...

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Female kneeling at the banks of Mount Emu Creek

Fishing Local Rivers

From the volcanic plains and Otway Ranges to the coast our rivers and streams traverse a landscape of lakes, conical peaks,...

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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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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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Timboon Tall Timber Trail Run

Distance: 9.7km Elevation gained:...

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Timboon Rail Trail Trestle Bridge

GLENFYNE - MERRETTS ROAD - CURDIES RIVER BRIDGE

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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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Female standing on the banks of Cobden Lake

COBDEN - GLENFYNE

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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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View along Ford's Road

Princetown - Fords Road: Time trial loop

Distance: 24.5km Elevation gained:...

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Timboon shorty road circuit

Distance: 12.3km Elevation gained:...

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Be Inspired

Timboon - Port Campbell

Even though it doesn’t have a name yet, the trail from Timboon to Port Campbell is now open and is being enjoyed by many happy trail...

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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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