There are seven rock stacks that comprise the Twelve Apostles - six are on display in the classic view enjoyed by millions of people over
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There are seven rock stacks that comprise the Twelve Apostles - six are on display in the classic view enjoyed by millions of people over the years, with the seventh located several metres away from the corner of the main viewing platform. Originally there were eight rock stacks when named the Twelve Apostles, however, one of the stacks collapsed dramatically in July 2005. The remains can be seen from the main viewing platform.
The Twelve Apostles were originally called The Sow and Piglets. The Sow was Mutton Bird Island, which stands at the entrance to Loch Ard Gorge and her Piglets were the numerous rock stacks located along the coast, including the Twelve Apostles. There are many more spectacular limestone rock stacks along the Shipwreck Coast, including in Bay of Islands Coastal Park.
The path to the main Twelve Apostles viewing area has a sealed surface and is about 2.8 metres wide in most sections. There are grab railings in the first section of the path but they don't coninue for the rest of the path.
The low gradient, width and the surface of the path to the first designated viewing area is well suited for wheelchairs and strollers. The distance from the carpark to the viewing area is approximately 280 metres.
There is a large map of the path and of the Twelve Apostle viewing areas located on the outside wall of the visitor centre.
Twelve Apostles viewing areas
The main designated viewing area of the Twelve Apostles has a stairway leading from the path down to the viewing platform.
There is alternative access for wheelchairs and strollers is available about 80 metres further along the path. There is information signage along the path and at the viewing area. Some of the information signage may be hard to read for some vision impaired visitors.
The main viewing platform has a timber floor surface with timber and wire railings. The platform is very long and approximately 2.1 metres wide.
The timber railings, with their upper steel rail, may partly obstruct the view for some visitors in low wheelchairs or strollers.
There are rest benches on the viewing platform and on the access path.
A smaller designated viewing area of the Twelve Apostles is located approximately 180 metres further along the main path. The path is sealed and approximately 2.8 metres wide.
Beyond this smaller viewing area there is a section of path that has significant long slopes of approximately 1:10 in several sections making it difficult for wheelchairs and strollers to access the next designated viewing area.
The third designated viewing area, known locally as ‘he saddle,’ provides views of the Twelve Apostles in the north west and Gibson Steps beach in the south east. The viewing area has a timber deck with timber and wire railings and a steel top rail. There is also a bench rest seat and significant room for manoeuvrability.
The fourth designated viewing area of the Twelve Apostles, locally known as ‘the bunker’, has a concrete safety wall with horizontal safety wiring above it. It may be difficult to get a good view of the Twelve Apostles from a wheelchair or stroller in this area. This viewing area alos has bench seats and significant room for manoeuvrability.
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