5 Days

5 Days Exploring the 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland

Day 1:

Volcanic Lakes and Craters

  • Explore the Volcanic Lakes and craters region north of the 12 Apostles. Travel on the Hamilton Hwy or the Princes Hwy and stop in towns such as Terang, Camperdown, Skipton, Derrinallum, Lismore and Cobden.

  • The area is renowned for it’s fertile farming land and with volcanic crater lakes (Bullen Merri & Gnotuk) and Mount Elephant dotting the landscape, you’ll find beautiful and unexpected contrasts in scenery.

  • The towns of the lakes and craters district are welcoming and are dotted with historic buildings – all well worth exploring.

Day 2:

Eat Drink Repeat

Take the whole day to explore the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail – You’ll need it (and you’ll probably be back for more!).

  • With plenty of delights for food-lovers from cheese and ice-cream to whiskey & wine. You’ll also find chocolate, berries & beer!

  • While on the trail don’t forget to check out the Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill & maybe stop in to the infamous Boggy Creek Pub for a refreshment by the water.

  • Grab plenty of samples as the produce coming form this fertile soil is second-to-none! For a spectacular finish to your day catch the sun setting over the 12 Apostles… an unforgettable experience

Day 3:

12 Apostles Sunrise

No doubt by now you’ll have gotten a glimpse of the spectacular coastal scenery that is the jewel of the Great Ocean Road. The 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge are the most well known sites and are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • Keep heading West on the Great Ocean Road past Port Campbell toward Peterborough & beyond to find The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Bay of Islands, Boat Bay, Massacre Bay & Worm Bay.

  • Just take your time and stop in to discover some of these magical beaches and bays – you might just have one all to yourself!

Day 4:

History of the Shipwreck Coast

Take in some of the history of what is known as the Shipwreck Coast. At the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre you can learn about the many wrecks along this treacherous coastline of the Southern Ocean.

  • Warrnambool is a must if you are travelling with family and Lake Pertobe offers an outdoor paradise for children.

  • You can also meet the famous Maremma dogs who guard the penguins on Middle Island.

  • Spend some time at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and catch the ‘Shipwrecked’ sound and laser show.

Day 5:

Lunch in Timboon

  • In the morning take a tour by boat or by air to get a different perspective of the 12 Apostles coastline. Spot the places you’ve already visited and maybe find some more!

  • Take a ride to Timboon for lunch then hire a bike and set out on the Coast to Crater Rail Trail where you’ll see yet another landscape and perspective of the region.

Accommodation Nearby

Beach Perfect

Port Campbell

Rail View Stay


Sea Breeze Port Campbell

Port Campbell

Timboon Family Retreat


Things To Do Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

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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.