Estuaries of the 12 Apostles Coast

Four estuaries break the vertical cliff lines of Port Campbell National Park. They provide significant wetland habitat for many species and temper the bold seascapes with their broad dune swale and calm water. Local estuaries provide ample opportunity for boating, fishing and bird watching.

Gellibrand River

The Gellibrand River flows into the sea under the prominent headland of Point Ronald. The sandy beaches inside the mouth are often protected from the wind and in stark contrast to the turmoil of the ocean beaches. The estuary broadens into a wetland that is rich with birdlife and accessible via a boardwalk connecting the hilltop village of Princetown. Drive along the gravel Old Ocean Road to follow more of its meandering course upstream.

Sherbrooke River

The eastern bank of the Sherbrooke River is accessible via a walking trail in the Loch Ard precinct. The small river feeds into the sea near the battered low slung headland of Broken Head and the steep pitched Sherbrooke beach. It is not advised to cross the mouth of the river onto Sherbrooke beach as mouth width and depth are variable and currents from river flow, wave and tide input are unpredictable.

Campbells Creek

Campbell’s Creek flows into the picturesque bay of Port Campbell. Its generally narrow mouth is often skipped over by enthusiastic visitors accessing the cliff cut steps to the Discovery walk. A favoured haunt of families offering shelter from the wind and much adventure for those with net and bucket!

Curdies River

The Curdies river inlet is a broad shallow expanse affecting the border between Port Campbell National Park and the spectacular Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Access to Peterborough from the east is via a bridge over the Curdies River. Wading birds abound in its upstream mudflats and the sandy outlet is favoured by families seeking respite from the ocean beaches.

Accommodation Nearby

Portside Motel

Port Campbell

Clifton Beach Lodge


The 13th Apostle Backpackers


Eastern Reef Cottages

Port Campbell

Things To Do Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

Sow and Piglets Microbrewery

Port Campbell

Port Campbell Hotel

Port Campbell

Port Campbell Lobster

Port Campbell

Kangaroobie Meats


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