Visiting Port Campbell National Park

Stretching out along a wild and rugged coastline, the Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Here, visitors can explore some of the most incredible natural scenery and ancient monuments. Alongside the road, the Port Campbell National Park stretches out, featuring hectares of beautiful greenery and stunning sea views. On one side, the Great Otway National Park brings together centuries-old plant life and bushwalks, and to the other the Bay of Islands Coastal Park promises a mesmerising array of marine life.

Things to Do at the Port Campbell National Park

The National Park has plenty to keep visitors entertained, from breath-taking natural rock formations to an incredible selection of native wildlife and fascinating history.

The Twelve Apostles

Perhaps the most famous landmark on the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a series of weatherworn limestone stacks that have been languishing off the coastline for thousands and thousands of years. Their age-old shapes cast a fascinating silhouette against the skyline.

Loch Ard Gorge

Shipwrecks were a common occurrence along the Great Ocean Road in times gone by, and there are a number of spots where you can see the aftermath of some of the biggest shipwrecks even today – there are so many, in fact, that the stretch of coastline where Loch Ard Gorge can be found is now known as Shipwreck Coast. Visitors can learn about the stories that imbue the ships, as well as take a stroll along one of the many trails that weave around the gorge.

The Island Archway

Back in 2009, a natural bridge of the Great Ocean Road collapsed and completely changed the landscape of the coastline. Now, the remaining land forms more of an archway, reminding visitors and locals just how fragile Victoria’s coastline really is.

The Animals

As well as natural landmarks and centuries-old limestone stacks, the Port Campbell National Park is also home to a huge variety of native animal and bird species. With so many different ecosystems, from ancient rainforest to seascapes, the area boasts a colourful array of wildlife throughout the year. Look out for vibrant bird species, like honeyeaters, fairy wrens, pelicans, falcons, ducks, emus, and black swans.

For land-based critters, there are tons of native species to spot. Keep your eyes peeled for bandicoots, swamp antechinuse, and echidna.

Visiting the Port Campbell National Park is a must-do, exposing visitors to a stark coastline that has formed an important part of Australia’s natural history for millions of years. You can drive the coast road to get an overview of the scenery on display, or take it in by foot, exploring the animals, plant life, and landscape a little more deeply.

Discover the Port Campbell National Park on our Great Ocean Road Tour.

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