Just a quick turn and a world away from the Great Ocean Road.

Wetland paradise

The Gellibrand River makes a virtual island of the hilltop village of Princetown as it meanders through the valley, just a quick turn and a world away from the Great Ocean Road.

The township borders both the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks and is connected to the Great Ocean Walk via a picturesque wetland boardwalk. Princetown offers fishing opportunities in the estuary and on the ocean beaches. Look for large mobs of kangaroos on the river flats before 9am and after 5pm when they are generally more active. Please be mindful and keep your distance from nesting hooded plovers during the summer months.

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Great Ocean Walk Princetown to 12 Apostles

Enjoy the slow unveil of one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines on a walk that weaves in and out of coastal heathland to reveal bold headland views and clifftop boardwalks. Kangaroos are regular grazers in nearby paddocks and birds of prey often use the updraft from the cliffline to hunt.

To begin your journey cross the wetland boardwalk below the town viewing platform looking for the signed entrance to the Great Ocean Walk just to the south of the bridge across the Gellibrand River.

Runners world

Princetown is a hub for some spectacular coastal trail runs.

Check out these short videos and find out why the 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland is the trail running capital of the Great Ocean Road.

Whether you are after lung bursting single track loops or a quiet country road for a stroll we can guarantee fresh air and scenery that will keep you coming back for more.

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Accommodation Nearby

Pebble Point


12 Apostles Cottages




The 13th Apostle Backpackers


Things To Do Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

Kangaroobie Meats


Dairylicious Farm Fudge

Jancourt East

REAL Pizza Pasta Salads

Port Campbell

Lake Edge Cafe


Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, 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.