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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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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Port Campbell - 12 Apostles - Princetown - backways link

Distance: 28.5km Elevation gained: 373m Option 1 As described below recommended for Mountain Bikes, Gravel and Cyclocross bikes...

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Boating

The Southern Ocean is perilous, unpredictable and uncompromising. Some local knowledge and a reliable craft that is adequate for...

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Fishing Spots Around Port Campbell & The 12 Apostles

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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 rock stacks in the ocean taken from the beach at Sandy cove

Pet Friendly Beaches

There are many beaches and trails along the Great Ocean Road for you and pooch to explore and enjoy whilst on holiday, with a few...

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Timboon Rail Trail Trestle Bridge

GLENFYNE - MERRETTS ROAD - CURDIES RIVER BRIDGE

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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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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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Aerial view of the Timboon Trestle Bridge

CURDIES RIVER BRIDGE - TIMBOON

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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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Couple reading a map outside the Naroghid shelter. They are wearing cycle gear and have bikes.

NAROGHID - COBDEN

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CAMPERDOWN - NAROGHID

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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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The Gables Lookout to Princetown - Great Ocean Walk

Distance: 12.7km Elevation gained:...

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Water Skiing along the 12 Apostles Coast

Spring fed lakes like Lake Bullen Merri offer good opportunity for water skiers whose fields of play have been limited elsewhere...

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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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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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Princetown - Port Campbell - Great Ocean Road return

Distance: 40.2km Elevation gained:...

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Great Ocean Walk Ryan's Den - Moonlight Head

Distance: 8.1km Elevation gained:...

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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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Princetown to 12 Apostles Great Ocean Walk

Distance: 7.6km Elevation gained:...

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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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Loch Ard Trails Winter Solstice Sunset

Distance: 7.1km Elevation gained:...

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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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