History of the 12 Apostles

The Great Ocean Road is home to many spectacular sights and then 12 Apostles happen to be the jewel in the crown. The road to the 12 apostles is breath-taking in splendour with its dramatic, rugged cliffs carved from the sea and its panoramic views across the rich and azure waters. As you get closer to the golden shores of Port Campbell you are getting closer to the natural wonder of Victoria’s most famous rock formations. The rocky stacks are called the 12 apostles because they stand tall and proud along the shore. Despite the name the 12 apostles there are only 8 left standing as Mother Nature, time and the salty waters have caused several of the apostles to fall.

Twenty Million Years of Wonder – 12 Apostles

Over twenty million years ago the powerful surf and the salt of the erratic and moody Southern Ocean started to erode the rugged limestone cliffs along Victoria’s Coastline. The constant wind and water carved out cavernous caves in the soft rock. As time ticked on the caves became majestic arches framing the sea. Yet the surf and the storms were relentless and eventually the arches collapsed to make towering stacks that soared up to 45 meters in the sky and isolated from the cliffs.

Embrace the Myth and Mystery

Many people travel across the globe to witness the splendour, the myth and the mystery of the 12 apostles. Throughout the day the colours and the light ebbs and flows across the rock changing the face and the feel of the mighty rocks. As the sun rises on her mast the golden colours spill across the rocks with flecks of rose and red. As the sun starts to fall exploding the sky with burn oranges and lavender hues the same colours drip across the rocks and adorn the apostles with rainbow colours before they loom into foreboding shadows.

Every year the fierce ocean storms still roll in and cause even more erosion of up to two centimetres a year. The apostles boast splendid names such as Razorback, Island Archway, Thunder Cave, Bakers Oven Rock, Sentinel Rocks and the Grotto. You can stand beneath the mighty shadows or indulge in a guided walk along the Loch Ard Gorge.

Discover the Surrounding Area

Around the shores of the 12 Apostles you can also escape the sand and the sea to explore the delightful gem like towns that populate the coast, you can walk for hours along the ragged carved cliffs and you can even traverse the canopied trails and blooming bright flora of the rainforest. The 12 apostles are a mighty sight and will capture your soul in an instance.

To experience the breath taking sights, visit our Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Tour.