A Photo Walk Along the 12 Apostles

The highlight of my day touring the Great Ocean Road was a walk along the 12 Apostles­­­. Years of crashing waves and erosion have left a collection of limestone pillars along Australia’s Southeast coast, and they sure are something to admire. Although I didn’t see all of them, (there are 8 still standing) I did enjoy a few while on my photo walk along the 12 Apostles.

Here’s what I saw:

Beyond A Walk Along the 12 Apostles

If you are lucky enough to be road tripping down the Great Ocean Road be sure to check out nearby attactions such as the Shipwreck Coast and the Shipwreck Discovery trail. This 130 KM streach of coastline was once said to be the most feared section of Australia’s shores for ships to navigate. With 638 shipwrecks (that are known) in the area, it is easy to back up this claim.

No wreck site is more famous than Loch Ard Gorge. At this scenic spot on a stormy night in June 1878, fifty-two of fifty-four souls perished in the wreck of Loch Ard.  Survivors Eva Carmichael and Thomas R. Pearce found shelter in this secluded sandy bay and is now one of the most popular pit stops along the Great Ocean Road.

Australia’s Beauty at its Best

A walk along the 12 Apostles is more than worth the four and half hour drive from Melbourne and should not be missed on any road trip around Australia. To ensure you are covered on your trip and in the event of a wreck of your own be sure to sign up for some roadside assistance, especially if you are heading to the outback!

A Walk Along the 12 Apostles Good to Know

Visitor Center Hours: 9:00-17:00
Don’t Miss: A walk down to the beach for a different perspective!

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A Photo Walk Along 12 Apostles

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  • Chadwick

    The name’s a bit misleading. There were only ever 9 sea stacks (the 9th collapsed in 2005). They used to be called the Sow and Piglets.
    If you like the rock stack views, carry on driving up the coast past Loch Ard Gorge and then beyond London Bridge until you reach Peterborough and the Bay of Islands. Large offshore chunks of rock, not dissimilar to the Apostles.
    We drove from Adelaide to Melbourne last year. I thought 3 days would be enough, but the coastline is so fantastic – as your pictures show – it really wasn’t enough time!

    • Thanks for the trivia. Yes, 3 days isn’t enough for this part of Australia. There’s just too much to see.

  • WayfaringBroad

    Just another facet of Australia I need to go back and see. These look breathtaking and according to some other comments there’s even more to see. Added to my Australia List.

    • It’s very much worth a visit. When are you planning to go to Australia?

  • Wallis

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I really enjoy reading your articles, they are always so informative and just a pleasure to read 🙂

  • Medha Verma Bector

    Absolutely breathtaking pictures, just as I expect from this place. It’s been in my bucket list for so long, I just haven’t been able to make it to Australia yet. But when I do, I’m definitely visiting 12 apostles. Beautiful !

    • It’s even more breathtaking in person. You’ll have a treat when you go visit!

  • foreverroamingtheworld

    The 12 Apostles where a highlight for me too during my time in Australia (lived there for 2 years) but I don’t carry such amazing pictures as you. These are indeed breathtaking. Thanks for sharing 😀

  • Bee “Bee Du Jour” Du Jour

    these photos are gorgeous in every way. great info on the route and how to get the best out of it. wish i had made a better effort to see this while in Melbourne

    • Thanks! It looks more spectacular in real life. Maybe it’s time to go back? 😉

  • Karishma Kirpalani

    I’ve done this. One of the best drives I’ve done… ur photos r simply mind blowing . Love them

  • We were going to do this in January but sadly our trip to Australia was just too short to squeeze it in (we were there only a few days to see a friend in Melbourne) but next time I really want to do this. Loving your pictures

    • You missed out. The 12 Apostles is really worth a visit. Hope you get to go there again someday.