Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge is the site of the most famous shipwreck on the aptly named Shipwreck Coast. The Loch Ard ran aground crashing into Mutton Bird Island in 1878. The only two survivors Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael managed to drag themselves to the safety of the beach inside Loch Ard Gorge. For a moment, these two tragic teenagers were the talk of the English-speaking world, which very much hoped they would marry (they did not). Walk along this sandy beach, dramatically closed in by towering sandstone cliffs. Explore several other short walks in this area including the cemetery where Tom and Eva’s less fortunate shipmates are buried.
A short walk from Loch Ard Gorge, Mutton Bird Island used to be called ‘The Sow’ back in the days when the Twelve Apostles were known as ‘The Sow and Piglets’. Every spring and summer the island is home to a noisy colony of Short-tailed Shearwaters (aka muttonbirds). Every day at dusk between October and April, these birds flock home to their burrows in their thousands, to feed hungry chicks. Experience this incredible natural event before heading to Port Campbell for dinner and an overnight stay.
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Loch Ard Gorge
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Loch Ard Gorge
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.
Loch Ard Gorge (Port Campbell National Park)
Loch Ard Gorge beach access closureBeach access is closed due to dangerous cliff movement near the Upper Lookout, which could cause a collapse.
Geotechnical specialists have assessed the site and we will work with a contractor to make the steps safe again.
We aim to re-open access to Loch Ard Gorge in spring 2023.Other walks in this area remain open.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)
Saddle Lookout - access changeFrom mid-September 2021 there will be no access to the Saddle and Castle Rock viewing areas while a new lookout is being built.
Visitors can continue to enjoy the other lookouts, boardwalks and visitor areas at the Twelve Apostles and the other spectacular visitor sites in the Port Campbell National Park.For more information https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/western-victoria/saddle-lookout
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Great Ocean Walk - walking event
- A permitted walking event from Cape Otway in the Great Otway National Park to the Twelve Apostles in the Port Campbell National park will be taking place on the Great Ocean Walk on Saturday 28 & Sunday the 29 October 2023.
- The group of approximately 100 walkers will be walking in small groups of 10 starting from around 9am at the Cape Otway Light station.
- The group has booked and is staying overnight at the Johanna beach campground, on Saturday 28 October.
- No Great Ocean Walk campgrounds are being used, including at the Johanna Great Ocean Walk camp site.
- The group will be shuttled from Johanna Beach to Moonlight Head to finish their walk on Sunday concluding at the Twelve Apostles in the Port Campbell National Park approximately 3pm.
- The event is weather dependant.
- For more information or concerns please call 131963.