The Arch Day Visitor Area (Port Campbell National Park)


The Arch Day Visitor Area (Port Campbell National Park)

Shaped by ferocious Southern Ocean swells, The Arch sits precariously atop a rock platform. Step out onto one of two viewing platforms to enjoy panoramas of the Twelve Apostles. Learn about the unique limestone formation; and how the waves continually shape and erode them.

How to get there

The Arch Day Visitor Area (Port Campbell National Park)



Need to know

The Arch Day Visitor Area (Port Campbell National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No generators
  • No firearms allowed
  • No drones without a permit


  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
  • Terrain hazards
    • Unstable cliffs
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

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.

Seasonal road closures 2023

Seasonal road closures apply to areas within and tracks bordering this park from 15 June 2023. See MapshareVic for locations of the closures. Visit the seasonal road closures page for more information

Loch Ard Gorge beach access closure

Beach 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. 

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.

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.

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