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Twelve Apostles
Situated right at the end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a set of eight rock formations—there used to be twelve—jutting out of the Southern Ocean. These limestone pillars were once connected to the nearby cliffs but have been eroded away into caves, pillars, and arches from the harsh conditions of the ocean.

The Basics
A majority of the tours to the Twelve Apostles are full-day tours leaving from Melbourne in the early morning. There are many stops and photo opportunities along the way as you drive down the Great Ocean Road, such as Loch Ard Gorge, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell. Discover the native wildlife, such as koalas and kangaroos, and learn about the local indigenous culture. For those who want a bird’s-eye view, take a helicopter tour over the Victorian coast.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Twelve Apostles can be viewed from the viewpoint above or down on the beach, reached via the Gibson Steps.
  • The Great Ocean Road can be very chilly due to the strong winds from the Southern Ocean, so it’s best to dress in layers.
  • The Twelve Apostles Visitor Facility, located across the B100 highway, has an information center, restrooms and a drinking fountain (with wheelchair accessibility), a large parking area, and a small cafe.

How to Get There
For those who would like to road trip on their own, drive along the coastal B100 highway to reach the Twelve Apostles. Visitors can also rent a bike or book a cycling tour to explore the Great Ocean Road at their own pace. For the truly adventurous, the 65-mile (104-kilometer) Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles may be of interest.

When to Get There
The Twelve Apostles is one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Avoid the large crowds from tourist buses by getting to the rock formations in the early morning or late afternoon. Alternately, if you drive inland to get to the sight, and then take the Great Ocean Road back to Melbourne, it's generally a less crowded route.

The Shipwreck Coast
The Bass Strait was once a very busy shipping route, bringing supplies and immigrants to Melbourne from all over the world. But the waters were quite treacherous during bad weather. This resulted in upwards of 700 ships meeting a bitter end along this coastline, some of which can still be seen today between Port Fairy and Cape Otway.
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Private Luxury Great Ocean Road Tour & Helicopter Flight

- Luxury Travel in a leather seated Mercedes Benz- Unique itinerary ensures you avoid the crowds by travelling in a 'reverse' and enjoying the softer morning light. - Fine dining seafood restaurant lunch with beverage overlooking the ocean- Modern helicopter flight over 12 Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge Our expert guides will provide you with a memorable tour of this epic ocean road and you will learn about the amazing limestone stacks that reach 60 mtrs above the sea, revel in the shipwreck stories, and discover how our returning soldiers built this magnificent road and all that they endured.You'll walk through ancient rainforests of the Otways and get up close to our wildlife as we stop for wild Koala's and view Kangaroos on a Golf Course.Stopping for photographs along the meandering surf coast road you will appreciate the rugged beauty and breathtaking scenery and get to stroll along the beach. Return to your hotel after a long day enthralled and relaxed. .
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Experience the Great Ocean Road’s top attractions on this guided excursion. Embark on your journey and beat the crowds while learning about the region’s scenic landscapes and pretty coastal towns from an informative guide. Visit sites like Colac, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, and Great Otway National Park Rainforest.
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Even if you have just one day to spare, fit in a visit to one of Australia's most famous natural attractions with this private express tour to the 12 Apostles, and be back in Melbourne in time for dinner. Drive along the scenic Great Ocean Road, heading straight for the stunning, sheer limestone cliffs and rock formations that jut dramatically out of the water. Capture photos from the best viewing spots, and visit other highlights of Port Campbell National Park like the gorgeous ‘shipwreck cove’ of Loch Ard Gorge.
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Explore Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road on this 2-day tour from Melbourne. See the famous 12 Apostles and view the penguin parade on Phillip Island. Overnight accommodation, meals per itinerary, and round-trip transportation from Melbourne included.
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