Can you swim at Loch Ard Gorge?

Loch Ard Gorge is one of the many incredible attractions that await you in the Port Campbell National Park.

Loch Ard Gorge

This gorgeous inlet of towering sandstone cliffs and turquoise blue waters is one of the most dramatically beautiful spots along the whole of the Great Ocean Road, and it’s easy to see why it has become such a desired tourist attraction over the years!

But swimming at Loch Ard Gorge can be incredibly dangerous. The Great Ocean Road is famous for its stunning beaches and infamous for its often-treacherous waters, with strong undercurrents and rough waters instantly engulfing what was a calm inlet just a few minutes before…

Therefore, it is only recommended that you swim at Loch Ard Gorge on a calm day and if you are no stranger to ocean swimming. Be careful, cautious and aware of the water’s ability to get rowdy in a moment’s notice.

But, you know, if all this warning overrides what should otherwise be a pleasant stop at the gorge, there are plenty of other amazing and, above all, safe places to swim along the Great Ocean Road – it doesn’t necessarily have to be at Loch Ard Gorge!

But, whilst you’re there, Port Campbell National Park has plenty to enjoy and explore as you duck and dodge around its windy roads…

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles is one of Australia’s most beloved landmarks: a giant series of limestone stacks leaping out of the raging sea below. Four of the 12 stacks may have returned to the sea over time but the landmark never fails to impress, with eager tourists jostling over the best vantage point to catch a glimpse, and a snap, of this most surreal natural phenomenon!

London Arch

Another incredible limestone formation holding its own in the wild waters of the Bass Strait, the London Arch makes for the most amazing site to view from the safety of the adjacent clifftops!

This beautiful natural archway has also copped a bit of sea damage over time, but this only works to ramp up its majestic grandeur, as well as making it another awesome stop within the Port Campbell National Park.

The Grotto

The Grotto is simply gorgeous, and its bizarre shape framing the sea on the other side make it look like something out of a Dali or Magritte painting. It’s great to get down and take in the startling view through the beautiful formation.

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