Twelve Apostles: From Lorne to Port Campbell

Tripoto
16th Jun 2014
Photo of Twelve Apostles: From Lorne to Port Campbell 1/10 by Pei Xun
Apollo Bay Fisherman's Co-op
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Twelve Apostles Map
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East from the Lookout
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Koalas at Kennett River
Photo of Twelve Apostles: From Lorne to Port Campbell 5/10 by Pei Xun
Loch Ard Gorge
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The London Bridge
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Cape Otway Lighthouse
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Wake up to Kookaburras
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Sherbrooke River Beach

The highlight of the day was supposed to be 12 Apostles at our end point, but the pit stops along the way were equally enjoyable.

The drive between Lorne and Apollo Bay was, in my humble opinion, the most scenic part of the trip. The roads hug the coastline tightly, winding through steep cliffs that drop dramatically, resulting in a mostly unobstructed view of the horizon.

Here is a list of things to watch out for from Lorne to Port Campbell.

Photo of Lorne, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun

Drive into Grey River Road at Kennett River and look out for furry lumps among the gumtrees. We saw some munching, one climbing and most of them sleeping. Lotsa tour buses stop at the car park for tourists to walk up, but the road stretches quite far in so drive up (slowly) if you can. After awhile, it became like a koala-spotting competition between me and KT. We spotted 11 different wild koalas in total!!

Photo of Kennett River, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun

We were craving for some fresh seafood and a quick search on tripadvisor brought us to Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op on Breakwater Road. It’s a small shop tucked away from the town area, right beside the harbour. You can choose from a variety of fresh fish over the counter and sit outside by the bay, but beware the lurking seagulls nearby. We both enjoyed the food and ambience :)

Photo of Apollo Bay Fisherman Co-Op Society, Trafalgar Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun

The lighthouse was not really worth the 1hr detour since we didn’t want to pay the AU$19.50 entrance fee (we only found out upon arrival). Apparently you can have breathtaking views of the ocean (though not unique) and a historical tour of the area, with some very good kids activities. This is also a good place to spot wild koalas (although nothing beats Kennett River for me :) )

Photo of Cape Otway Lightstation, Otway Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun

The ‘first Apostle’ can be seen from Gibson Steps, where you can also descend down to the beach. The Twelve Apostles Visitors Facility is just another 3 min drive down where you can walk to the lookout point to see the rest of the wave-sculpted limestone formations.

Photo of Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun

The apostles were formed by wind and waves erosion, cutting into cliffs to form caves that turn into arches, which ultimately collapse to become high stacks. Initially known as the Sow and Piglets, it was renamed Twelve Apostles recently in 1922, although there were only nine stacks to begin with. Now there are eight after one collapsed in 2005. We were told sunset is the best time to be at the apostles, but unfortunately couldn’t catch any due to the cloudy skies. However, we stayed past nightfall and managed to catch some returning penguins (at about 8.30pm), although it was extremely far away and the penguins appeared more like moving black spots. Probably best to get some night vision binoculars next time.

Photo of Twelve Apostles - Visitor Facility, Princetown, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun

Loch Ard Gorge is the site of a shipwreck of clipper ship Loch Ard. There are a couple of trails around to explore the beautiful area, including steps down to the beach.

Photo of Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun
Photo of London Bridge, Great Ocean Road, Peterborough, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun

Our home for the night was… by the creek in Port Campbell Caravan Park! (AU$34/night). Thankfully, we drove to Port Campbell to check in first before coming out to watch the sunset and penguins at Twelve Apostles. Else, we would have been stranded as it was pitch dark by the time we returned (closed at 6pm like most other caravan parks in Aussie). Next day, we woke up to the sound of kookaburras singing by the creek!

Photo of Port Campbell Motor Inn, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia by Pei Xun
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