Another great place to spot some traditional Aussie wildlife, Princetown is a brilliant place to camp for the night and Port Campbell offers plenty of coastal scenery, including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and much more.
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For those who like to stay in the great outdoors, spend a night at Princetown campsite, with powered, unpowered sites and great facilities. The best part of this site is the hundreds of kangaroos that live in the nearby fields, once it gets dark they turn from just neighbours, to living on your doorstep as they flood into the campground. This ground also has great facilities including toilets, showers, camp kitchen and BBQ’s. Princetown is also home to a pub and general store and a wildlife park which is worth a visit too.
Perhaps the number one reason for journeying to the Great Ocean Road is to see the incredible 12 Apostles, which sit just off the Victorian coast. Before you reach the viewing platforms for the apostles you’ll come to Gibsons Steps, carved out of the cliff face and leading down to a large stretch of sand. From here you can see some of the apostles in the ocean, looming extremely tall above you. The ocean is often very rough along the coast which is how the the apostles and other rocks were formed into the shapes they are today. When you reach the apostles visitors centre there’s a large car park, cafe and several places to go and take in the amazing view. It’s a short walk from the centre to the edge of the coast where you’ll get the best views, there hasn’t been 12 apostles for several years but the few that are left still look very impressive and worthy of the entire great ocean road journey. There are other similar rock formations further along the road including Loch Ard Gorge Beach, The Arch and London Bridge, when you see each one you’ll understand where their individual names come from. To make the trip extra special there’s even the opportunity to take a helicopter ride along the coast and see the 12 Apostles from an entirely different and exciting perspective.
The town of Port Campbell is just a few kilometres from the apostles and is home to plenty of great shops, places to eat and also galleries as well. You can stock up on all the essentials in this small coastal town and enjoy a day exploring everything it has to offer. There are lots of excellent fishing opportunities at the harbour and various creeks and channels, chat to some of the locals for insider tips on where’s best to cast your line. Surfing and diving are also popular in this region, so if you haven't tried your hand at surfing elsewhere along the coast then now is the time! Hidden away under the ocean is an interesting and diverse environment, definitely worth checking out by joining a local dive tour.
For the food lovers out there be sure to check out the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail, with stops at Berry World, Apostles Whey Cheese, GORGE Chocolates and Timboon Fine Ice-cream to name just a few, this tour will be sure to satisfy foodies from all over.
Just over an hours drive is Port Fairy, on the way you’ll pass through Warrnambool, a relatively large town with plenty of facilities and amenities, as well as Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. This brilliant tourist attraction has won award after award, so be sure to call in on your journey.