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Twelve Apostles Marine National Park

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Twelve Apostles

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Twelve Apostles (Photo: Will Cox)

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Bird watching
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The iconic golden cliffs and crumbling pillars of the Twelve Apostles can be found 7km east of Port Campbell. They are protected by the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park which covers 7500ha and runs along 17km of stunning coastline. As well as the above water beauty the park protects some of Victoria’s most dramatic underwater scenery. Spectacular arches, canyons, fissures, gutters and deep sloping reefs make up the environment below the waves. Wild and powerful waves of the Southern Ocean constantly pound the coastline which has shaped the area into what you see today.

The remarkable underwater structures provide a complex foundation for magnificent habitats including kelp forests and colourful sponge gardens.

Many animals prosper both above and below the water including seabirds, seals, lobsters, reef fish and sea spiders. The intertidal and shallow subtidal reefs are known to have the greatest diversity of invertebrates on limestone reef in Victoria.

Marine mammals, such as whales, are also known to visit the area. Patient visitors after dark or in the early morning may see Little Penguins which nest in caves below the Twelve Apostles.

Access

Visitors can view the park from shore however access to the water primarily by boat due to the high cliffs and powerful sea conditions (launching point in Port Campbell or Princetown).

Park map on mobile devices

PDF maps of this park are available to download for Apple and Android mobile devices. These interactive maps allow you to see an overview of visitor facilities, calculate distances, see walking tracks, and (with sufficient mobile signal) locate yourself within the park. To download these maps, you must first install the free Avenza PDF Maps application.

If you don’t have a mobile Apple or Android device, the maps are also available for download under the ‘Related publications’ section below.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.

Indigenous tradition indicates that this park is situated between two language group areas. To the west of the Gellibrand River is Kirrae Whurrong Country and to the east of the Gellibrand is Gadubanud Country.

Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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Twelve Apostles main viewing area

Twelve Apostles

There are seven rock stacks that comprise the Twelve Apostles - six are on display in the classic view enjoyed…

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Snorkelling and diving

Spectacular above and breathtakingly beautiful below, the park has some of the most unique underwater scenery in the world making…

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Birdwatching

Birdwatching from land points jutting out into the park is a great way to see some of the large seabirds…

Visitor experiences

Facilities Summary

  • Visitor centre
  • Toilet
  • Sealed carpark

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Park Statistics

Established

November 2002

Area

7500ha

Contact information

Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963

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