Coastal Trails & Lookouts

The Arch

The Arch Day Visitor area and lookouts are temporarily closed due to public safety risk.

This site is often spectacular in the afternoon when the formations to the east are bathed in a warm golden light. The walkway descending down to the platform offers an unusual perspective back towards the 12 Apostles. The more famous stacks can be viewed standing boldly against the cliff line they were carved from.

The Arch perches precariously mounted on a harder rock platform proud of the water in small to medium swell. In large swells its formation becomes more evident as waves mount the platform, thick heavy tomes gliding sleekly through the opening and cascading out the other side.

Location: Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell (6 km west of Port Campbell)

Length: 320m return from car park
Time: 20 minutes

Access Information

  • There are no designated accessible car parking spaces at the Arch
  • The car park at the Arch is unsuitable for caravans
  • The walking track to the viewing platform is sealed but the fairly steep gradient from the first viewing platform to the second makes it difficult for prams and wheelchairs

Accommodation Nearby

Southern Ocean Villa 9

Port Campbell

Southern Ocean Motor Inn

Port Campbell

Anchors Beach House

Port Campbell

Port Central Apartments

Port Campbell

Things To Do Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.