The Twelve Apostles is one of the most iconic attractions in Victoria, Australia, and a must-see destination when exploring the region. These limestone stacks rise up to 45 meters from the ocean, and there are currently eight remaining.
The limestone cliffs were formed over 20 million years ago, during a period when the area was covered by a shallow sea. Over time, the accumulation of marine organisms, including shells and coral, built up on the ocean floor and solidified into limestone.
Around 10 million years ago, the land began to rise, and the sea retreated. This left the limestone exposed to the elements, including the waves and wind. Over time, the constant pounding of the waves and the wind caused the limestone to erode and weather. The soft limestone was eroded faster than the harder limestone, creating the unique rock formations that we see today.
Getting to The Twelve Apostles from Melbourne is easy. The drive takes approximately 3 hours along the Great Ocean Road, a scenic coastal road that is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Alternatively, we offer day tours that run from Melbourne which visit The Twelve Apostles. This which can be a convenient option for those who prefer not to drive and relax on a guided tour.
There are several lookouts along the Great Ocean Road that offer stunning views of the Twelve Apostles limestone cliffs. The Twelve Apostles limestone cliffs are approximately 190 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of Melbourne. The drive from Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles Lookout takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. Visitors can either drive themselves or take a guided tour to visit the lookout and other popular attractions along the Great Ocean Road.
The Twelve Apostles Lookout
This is the main lookout for the Twelve Apostles and offers stunning views of the iconic limestone stacks. It is located just off the Great Ocean Road and features a boardwalk that allows visitors to get up close to the cliffs.
The Gibson Steps are located just a few minutes' drive from the Twelve Apostles and offer a unique perspective on the limestone cliffs. Visitors can climb down the steps to the beach below and get a close-up view of the towering cliffs from sea level.
The steps are located at the bottom of a steep cliff, and visitors must climb down a set of stairs to reach the beach. The stairs can be slippery and can be challenging for people with mobility issues, so visitors should take caution and wear appropriate footwear.
Loch Ard Gorge Lookout
The Loch Ard Gorge Lookout is located just a short distance from the Twelve Apostles and offers stunning views of the gorge and its surrounding cliffs. Visitors can also take a walk down to the beach below and explore the area up close.
The Arch Lookout
The Arch Lookout is located a short distance from the Twelve Apostles and offers stunning views of the nearby natural rock formation known as the London Arch. Visitors can also see the Twelve Apostles in the distance from this lookout.