Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Twelve Apostles At Sunset [+Video] & Port Campbell

by Che-Cheh on December 2, 2010 19,608 views

in Oversea, Travel


I suggest you reading these first:

Melbourne Day 1: Federation Square, Hosier Lane & Flinders Street Station
Melbourne Day 2: Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade & Block Arcade
Melbourne Day 3: Victoria Hall & Queen Victoria Market Again (Part 1)
Melbourne Day 3: St. Kilda Beach, Luna Park & Acland Street (Part 2)
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Car Rental, West Gate Freeway & Point Addis
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Anglesea, Aireys Inlet’s Split Point Lighthouse & Lorne
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Stunning Great Ocean Views, Apollo Bay, Almost Cape Otway Lightstation & Wild Animals!
Great Ocean Road Day Self-Drive 4: Pee Story, Port Campbell National Park & Trouble Finding Twelve Apostles

So okay, we knew we had made a mistake once we saw ‘Port Campbell’ sign because that’s the town after Twelve Apostle. Very quickly we U-turned. We guessed the ‘Port Campbell National Park’ or ‘Port Campbell Visitor Center’ (couldn’t remember which one because everything was a blur haha) sign we saw earlier is the place because there are no other buildings or signs pointing to Twelve Apostles.

Tsk tsk because I do not want to repeat the same ‘temple sick’ scenario at Siem Reap… in this case ‘apostles sick’ scenario, I didn’t find out any information about Twelve Apostles. Now served us right. LOL

Even when we turned into the car park, we are still in a blur. We asked tourist whether this is the place to view Twelve Apostles. Even though they said yes, we still ask another group just to confirm it. That was how clueless we were. Kekeke

We reached Twelve Apostles car park at 6.06pm.

Twelve Apostles Port Campbell National Park @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The long 5 minutes walk to Twelve Apostles.
Can you see the bridge railing in the middle of this photo? That’s the Great Ocean Road and this walkway is an underpass. Now we get it. That’s how we can go to the other side of the road… to the open ocean… to Twelve Apostles!!!

BEHOLD…

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The mighty Twelve Apostles!!!
Located at the off shore of Port Campbell National Park, this famous limestone rock stacks has been alluring tourist all over the world including yours truly.

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Mighty & yet so peaceful.
The encounter with Twelve Apostles was surreal.
Couldn’t believe I was right there a month plus ago. :)


According to early history the formations is called Sow and Piglets. The Sow being Mutton Bird Island and the Piglets were the smaller rock stacks. The stacks was renamed to Apostles for tourism purpose and later on The Twelve Apostles as we all know today.

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Can you count how many Apostles? I can see 6 here.
They’re not complete here. You need to walk to the furthest viewing platform to get a shot of the 8 Apostles remain today.

Let's Count The Number Of Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria copy

Let’s count…
There are actually 9 Apostles in total.
As of 3rd July 2005, no. 2 collapsed leaving only 8 behind.
Now you must be asking, where is no. 9? Well, it’s hidden. It’s beside no. 8 which I guess only a helicopter ride will show you the overall picture.

Now you must also be asking where are the 3 other Apostles (so that it will add up to 12)?
It was said to be hidden as well (between Lord Ard Gorge & the visible Twelve Apostles)

In reality it depends how you count it. There are actually more than 12 stacks along the coast. Over the years erosion from force, wind and rain have carved and destroyed the stacks. It’s a WIP thingy. You get what I mean?

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

A closer look at the stacks.
Another wonder of the world I must say.

Sunset At Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

A lovely sunset at the Bass Straits.

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Ahh thank you NATURE for the lovely sunset and clouds.
It painted Twelve Apostles well.
Taken by sis using TZ-7.

Twelve Apostles Viewing Platform @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

At one of the viewing platform.

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

We’re lucky that September is the month before tourist season.
Less crowd makes us happy.
Taken by sis using TZ-7.

Here’s a video of the Twelve Apostles in HD. Enjoy ya.




It’s something isn’t it?

Gog and Magog @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Gog and Magog located to the east. (at the left side of the viewing platform)
They are not considered to be part of the Twelve Apostles.

Here’s a video of Gog and Magog in HD. Just love the sea man!



Twelve Apostles Viewing Platform @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Pathway, viewing platforms & lookout.
Lower left picture: The furthest viewing platform aka lookout where you can view the 7 stacks. Although this furthest platform stop here, the rock actually extend outward but it has collapsed (this is based on what I’ve seen and compared with Google Earth).

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Oh did I tell you that it was cold and breezy out there?
We had to control our pee for the longest time as we do not want to miss the golden opportunity.
Taken by sis using TZ-7.

Twelve Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Goodbye for now. Another ‘must-do thingy’ is ticked off my list! Wohoooooooooooooo!!!
Taken by sis using TZ-7.

Overall we spent a good 35 minutes at Twelve Apostles.
I’m thankful we made it and blessed to have a very beautiful sunset to go with.

Good Bye Twelve Apostles and Towards Port Campbell @ The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The time is 6.40pm. The sun has set and everyone is leaving.
Now it’s time to head to our accommodation for the night at Port Campbell.
The road is dark and our only guide is the reflectors.

Once we reached Port Campbell, we noticed that the town is really quiet, felt like deserted. Once we reached Port Campbell Hostel we were told to get our dinner first as the restaurants and shops closes very early. With our luggage still in the car we head out searching for dinner.

We had our meals at Craypot Bistro (click here to read my review) at 7.30pm and it was really delicious.

12th September 2010…. we have traveled 10 hours in total from the morning we took our rented car at Hertz, drove the Great Ocean Road with more stops than we planned for, viewing the beautiful Twelve Apostles at sunset and finally ended up at Port Campbell for the night. Wohoooo! Happy but tired. I actually thought we can reach Twelve Apostles in 6 hours time. Hahahahahaha

So that’s it for now… to be continued Day 5 adventure!
And I’ll talk more about Port Campbell Hostel then.

Cheerio for now.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Yi Han December 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Really nice pictures! :D

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Dawn December 3, 2010 at 2:04 am

So nice to see these pictures. Awesome creations from mother nature! Brings back so much memories.

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M-Knight December 3, 2010 at 8:34 am

awesome sunset…

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Che-Cheh December 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Yi Han, thanks dear. :)

Dawn, what year did you went there?

M-Knight, oh yeah. Thanks nature for it :)

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Dawn December 3, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Goodness, that was eons ago. I was there in 1989!

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foongpc December 5, 2010 at 1:40 am

Wow!! I love the 12 Apostles!! What? U mean nature can destroy them? So I must hurry there to catch them before are gone forever?!

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Che-Cheh December 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Dawn, wooo 1989… 21 years ago! WOW

Foongpc, these stacks were after all carved by nature (millions years ago). They can be destroyed by nature of course.

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lechua December 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

speactacular sunset!!! i’m sure u must have felt the long drive was all worth it after seeing this.

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Che-Cheh December 26, 2010 at 11:33 am

Lechua, It’s not just towards the end that we felt worthwhile, the whole journey was worth it. It was the best drive of my life. :)

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jam January 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Nice sunset pictures at the 12 Apostles! I wish I was there too!

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Che-Cheh January 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Jam, yes do go there one day ya.

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