Naming the 12 Apostles

From Piglets to Apostles.

Did you know?

Early charts refer to the 12 Apostles as the Sow and Piglets. The Sow refers to Mutton Bird Island which is viewable from Loch Ard Gorge and the Piglets were the surrounding rock formations to the east. When Superintendent C.J. La Trobe passed through this area in 1846, his chart reflected this name.

The rocks are collectively known as the 12 Apostles and are not individually named after the biblical Apostles. The formation was renamed in the 1930s at a time when visitors were travelling along the Old Coach Road from Port Campbell to Princetown to view the formations.

How many of the 12 Apostles are left standing?

  • There are 7 of the 12 Apostles remaining
  • A collapse in 2005 reduced the number of stacks that are viewable from the main viewing platform from 8 to 7

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