Is the 12 Apostles a wonder of the world?

Is the 12 Apostles a wonder of the world?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/14/2022

Reading time: 4 mins

The Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks that you can see along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

The Twelve Apostles is one of the main attractions to see along the iconic Great Ocean Road. The 243 kilometre road is one of Australia’s most astounding coastal drives filled with rock formations, a lush rainforest, and a chance to spot all kinds of Aussie wildlife.

Though the Twelve Apostles isn’t technically one of the wonders of the world, it is still a wondrous attraction and one of Australia’s amazing landmarks. People from all over the world travel the Great Ocean Road to catch a glimpse of the limestone stacks, so it’s pretty special.

Despite being more like seven Apostles, as a couple have corroded into the sea, the Twelve Apostles is still one of the most incredible natural sites in the country. It is even more of an incredible site during sunrise or sunset, as you watch the sky change in colours, behind the tall limestone stacks.

During your journey along the Great Ocean Road, ensure you try to fit in these other experiences:

Memorial Arch

Towards the start of the Great Ocean Road, you will drive under Memorial Arch. The arch was built to honor the returned soldiers who worked on the road during WWI.

Typically known as the start of the Great Ocean Road (which is actually on Torquay) you can pull over on the side of the road by Memorial Arch. Here you can see the two-solider statue that recognises the road’s 75th anniversary.

Bells Beach

Bells Beach is surfing central town and is best known for one of the world’s most famous surf beaches, Bells Beach. is the home of Australian surfing. This stunning shoreline is bound by two giant headlands, creating the ideal place to catch some great waves.

Although the deeper waters are more suitable for experienced surfers. If you are completely new to surfing, you might want to join one of Torquay’s surf schools, where you’ll learn the craft at one of the town’s more beginner-friendly beaches. Before you know it, you will be heading out on your own and experiencing the thrill of surfing.

Loch Ard Gorge

Situated just a stone’s throw from the Twelve Apostles is the Loch Ard Gorge, another one of Port Campbell National Park’s famous landmarks. This stunning inlet is flanked by two towering clifftops that lead down to the beautiful waters and sandy beach below. The area is truly a dreamy place to kick back and enjoy the view!

Otway Rainforest

The Otway Rainforest is one of Australia’s most beautiful of its kind. This gorgeous, magical canopy is characterised by giant beech, blackwood and eucalyptus trees. Given that there are eucalyptus trees, keep your eyes peeled for a few snoozing koalas and plenty of other Australia’s most lovable animals!

Kennett River

Kennett River is one of the best places in Victoria to see cute koalas by doing the Kennett River Koala Walk. Kennett River is a natural habitat to see the sleepy koalas throughout the day along with wallabies, kookaburras, and king parrots.

The Kennett River Koala Walk itself is 15 kilometers, but it is not necessary to do the full walk to spot the cuddly creatures. Typically, it will only take a short time to catch sight of e a koala high up in one of the eucalyptus trees.

Gibson Steps

A few minutes drive before reaching the Twelve Apostles, you will come across Gibson Steps. Gibson Steps are an area of cliffs with two giant stacks (similar to the Twelve Apostles) named Gog and Magog that sit out in the ocean.

You can have a stunning coastal view with the stacks from the platform on the cliffs, or walk down the steps onto the beach.

The Great Ocean Road truly has it all from Torquay’s famous surf beach to the Great Otway National Park and a chance to see Aussie wildlife. Book a tour to experience the 243 kilometre stretch of coastline of the Great Ocean Road.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.