Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell National Park


Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The wild Southern Ocean has carved the Port Campbell National Park coastline into formations that are famous the world over - and earned it the nickname of the Shipwreck Coast. Drive the Great Ocean Road and see London Bridge, The Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge and the unmissable Twelve Apostles.

The best way to see Port Campbell National Park is to take the Great Ocean Road. This is one of the world's most celebrated scenic drives – and its undoubted highlight is the Twelve Apostles, which tower 45 metres above the Southern Ocean.

On a coastline renowned for its spectacular coastal formations it’s easy to overlook London Bridge and The Grotto, which are both as awesome in their own way as the more famous Twelve Apostles.

Port Campbell National Park is also home to animals that carve out a niche on this inhospitable coastline. At dusk, they come home from their feeding grounds out at sea. Look down at the Twelve Apostles or London Bridge and you can see Little Penguins. Or check out the natural wonder of thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters returning to roost on Muttonbird Island (near Loch Ard Gorge) at sunset. Whales are also a common sight along the coast and Port Campbell township is a good lookout to spot them from.

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.

If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.

Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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Port Campbell National Park

Visit the Twelve Apostles as the sun sets over the Southern Ocean if you want to see them at their best. The limestone stacks and cliff faces will light up in shades of red, yellow, pink and orange. Look down to the beach below and spot Little Penguins returning from their day feeding at sea. Binoculars will help.

Every evening between September and April, thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters - a seabird - return to Mutton Bird Island to roost in burrows and feed their young. This is an astonishing natural event that every wildlife lover should witness.

From Loch Ard Gorge carpark, walk to the end of the Living on the Edge trail to Sherbrook Beach. It's not safe to swim here, but it's a beautiful and secluded place to linger for a while.

When to go

Short-tailed Shearwaters can be seen nesting just off the coast on Muttonbird Island. From October to April, see them return from their daily fishing expedition at sunset.

Take a dip in Port Campbell Bay. The beach is patrolled during summer and it is the only safe place to swim along this stretch of coast.

Need to know

Port Campbell National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)

    Closure of the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre and lookouts

    In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria has decided to close high visitation sites with a typical attendance of over 500 people. This includes The Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre and lookouts which will be closed until further notice. . The carpark and toilets at the Visitor Centre will remain open. Access to the Great Ocean Road and other visitor attractions are currently unaffected. For more information, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

  • Gibson Steps (Port Campbell National Park)

    Gibson Steps closed until further notice

    Gibson Steps is closed for public safety until further notice. The car park and clifftop lookout remain open for use.

  • Port Campbell Discovery Walk (Port Campbell National Park)

    Temporary closure of Discovery Walk car park, Town Lookout and walking track

    The Discovery Walk car park, Town Lookout, and walking track from the Town Lookout car park to Discovery Walk is closed until May 2020 for the construction of the new Campbells Creek Pedestrian Bridge.

Port Campbell National Park

Great Ocean Road
Port Campbell VIC 3269
13 1963
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