Loch Ard Gorge (Port Campbell National Park)


Loch Ard Gorge (Port Campbell National Park)

Stunning natural beauty, a sandy shore enclosed by sheer limestone cliffs. Named after the most famous shipwreck along the coast, the small sandy beach was where the two shipwreck survivors were found in 1878. View the coast from the lookout or take one of the three walks and explore.

How to get there

Loch Ard Gorge (Port Campbell National Park)



Need to know

Loch Ard Gorge (Port Campbell National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No camping
  • No generators
  • No swimming
  • No firearms allowed
  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No horses
  • No fishing


  • Terrain hazards
    • Unstable cliffs
    • Slippery rocks
  • Water hazards
    • Strong currents
    • Rough Surf
    • Deep water
    • Submerged obstacles
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Other warnings
    • Unpatrolled area

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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 beach access closure

Access to Loch Ard Gorge beach is closed due to the recent minor rock fall that impacts the safety of the steps with potential for further rock movement. Further potential rock movement could cause serious injury or even death if people were nearby.

Following the geotechnical survey of the crack in the cliff face at Loch Ard we are working with specialists on a solution that will allow us to restore access to the beach as soon as possible.

Saddle Lookout - access change

From 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.

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