What is Port Campbell known for?

What is Port Campbell known for?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/25/2022

Reading time: 3 mins

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is famous for its gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests and world class surf. One of the other things it is known for is its stunning natural landmarks, all of which are situated within the surreal Port Campbell National Park!

The national park, despite its small size, is home to four incredible natural attractions, with the 12 Apostles, Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch all comprising this unforgettable landscape.

Let’s take a closer look at this natural wonderland, and why it features so highly as one of Australia’s top natural destinations:

The 12 Apostles

Okay, so maybe they are more like seven today – so what?! It’s not the park’s fault that the raging Bass Strait waters have ripped some of Jesus’s best mates down into its plunges – it’s still an amazing landmark!

The (cough) 12 Apostles is one of Australia’s most beloved natural attractions, a series of giant limestone stacks jumping out – and fending off – the wild ocean below.

People flock to the clifftop and jostle to get an awesome Insta spot in front of these stacks – they are just that enchanting.

The Loch Ard Gorge

Having once played second fiddle to the Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge may just take the title of Port Campbell’s favourite attraction. This gigantic, clifftop-flanked inlet is home to beautiful blue waters and a mesmerising view out to the ocean.

Its impressive beauty and stature make it a great spot to hang out for a while and take in its majestic awe and massive clifftops!

The London Arch

Another Port Campbell attraction that has fallen semi-victim to the infamous Bass Strait (whilst tourists were walking on it, too), the London Arch still maintains the arch that gives it its name and also allows it to maintain its place as an attraction.

The London Arch is exactly that: an archway springing out of the gushing waters below. You can’t walk on it now, as that part of the bridge collapsed (and almost led to the deaths of a couple of tourists in the process), but you can still catch fantastic views of the arch from the mainland above.

The Grotto

The Grotto is a gorgeous, unique natural archway/cave/blowhole that you just have to get down and see. The blowhole gives way to a wonderfully-framed view of the ocean beyond, creating a surreal effect akin to a Dali masterpiece!

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.