12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Walk, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
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12 Apostles

Witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline.

Limestone cliffs
Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10–20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs.

The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. View the 12 Apostles at sunrise and sunset as they change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.

How to get there
The 12 Apostles are located 275 kilometres west of Melbourne, approximately a four-hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

Nearby coastal attractions

Explore some of the other attractions along this remarkable stretch of coastline.

Gibsons Steps, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Gibsons Steps

Take 86 steps down to the beach below to be dwarfed by the 70-metre high vertical cliffline. Walk along the beach to the enormous offshore rock stacks – Gog and MaGog.

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Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Loch Ard Gorge

Stand on top of the cliff and you'll be amazed at the sheer size of the cliffs and the narrow opening out to sea at the Loch Ard Gorge. In rough weather the crashing waves put on quite a show.

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Bay of Islands, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Bay of Islands

Surround yourself by the rock stacks that tower from the ocean in the Bay of Islands creating a haunting natural landscape in contrast to the 12 Apostles that are viewed from above.

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London Bridge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

London Bridge

Witness London Bridge, originally a natural archway and tunnel in an offshore rock formation, however, it collapsed in 1990 and became a bridge without a middle.

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How to get here

Scenic flights

Great Ocean Road