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Twelve Apostles Tours and Activities

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Situated right at the end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a set of eight rock formations—there used to be twelve—jutting out of the Southern Ocean. These limestone pillars were once connected to the nearby cliffs but have been eroded away into caves, pillars, and arches from the harsh conditions of the ocean.

The Basics
A majority of the tours to the Twelve Apostles are full-day tours leaving from Melbourne in the early morning. There are many stops and photo opportunities along the way as you drive down the Great Ocean Road, such as Loch Ard Gorge, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell. Discover the native wildlife, such as koalas and kangaroos, and learn about the local indigenous culture. For those who want a bird’s-eye view, take a helicopter tour over the Victorian coast.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Twelve Apostles can be viewed from the viewpoint above or down on the beach, reached via the Gibson Steps.
  • The Great Ocean Road can be very chilly due to the strong winds from the Southern Ocean, so it’s best to dress in layers.
  • The Twelve Apostles Visitor Facility, located across the B100 highway, has an information center, restrooms and a drinking fountain (with wheelchair accessibility), a large parking area, and a small cafe.

How to Get There
For those who would like to road trip on their own, drive along the coastal B100 highway to reach the Twelve Apostles. Visitors can also rent a bike or book a cycling tour to explore the Great Ocean Road at their own pace. For the truly adventurous, the 65-mile (104-kilometer) Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles may be of interest.

When to Get There
The Twelve Apostles is one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Avoid the large crowds from tourist buses by getting to the rock formations in the early morning or late afternoon. Alternately, if you drive inland to get to the sight, and then take the Great Ocean Road back to Melbourne, it's generally a less crowded route.

The Shipwreck Coast
The Bass Strait was once a very busy shipping route, bringing supplies and immigrants to Melbourne from all over the world. But the waters were quite treacherous during bad weather. This resulted in upwards of 700 ships meeting a bitter end along this coastline, some of which can still be seen today between Port Fairy and Cape Otway.
Address: 12 Apostles, Port Campbell, Victoria 3269, Australia
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

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Experience the Great Ocean Road’s top attractions on this guided excursion that follows the iconic road in reverse. Embark on your journey and beat the crowds while learning about the region’s scenic landscapes and pretty coastal towns from an informative guide. Visit sites including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, and Great Otway National Park Rainforest.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s postcard paradise as you travel along one of the world’s most iconic coastal roads. Dodge the crowds by driving the famous Great Ocean Road in reverse, starting with morning tea in Colac, then stopping to view landmarks like the Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, and the 12 Apostles. After tucking into a delicious picnic lunch, take a hike through the Otway rain forest, spot koalas along the Kennet River, and enjoy dramatic views over Apollo Bay. This full-day tour from Melbourne includes lunch and hotel pick-up.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

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Discover some of Australia’s most photographed landscapes on this full-day tour of the famous Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Stop for morning tea in Anglesea, spot wild koalas along the way, and tuck into lunch overlooking the dramatic Apollo Bay. After lunch, enjoy a hike through Great Otway National Park, learn how the notorious Shipwreck Coast earned its name, and marvel over natural landmarks like the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Gibson Steps.
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the spectacular scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Admire postcard-worthy vistas around every turn of the coastal road, and pass through charming port towns along the way. Learn the fascinating and tragic history of Australia’s jagged ‘Shipwreck Coast’ when you visit the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a famous wreck. Your journey comes to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles Full-Day Tour

Small-Group Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles Full-Day Tour

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Explore this remarkable coastal and rainforest region on a tour that offers a truly personalized experience. Beat the crowds and benefit from a tour that focuses on new experiences, exclusive locations, unique wildlife and a sense of adventure. Marvel at the area’s beauty from the iconic 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and ancient Otway rainforest to sleepy seaside townships. Witness the gateway to Great Ocean Road, see koalas in their natural environment and enjoy morning tea at a secluded beach on an experience that goes beyond traditional tours.
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  • 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne

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Take in breathtaking sights of long sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs on this guided, full-day tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and Gibson's Steps, site of historic cliff lines. Bushwalk in Great Otway National Park and try out your koala-spotting skills. Travel in a deluxe mini-coach with a small group for a relaxing, personalized experience.
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  • 12 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour from Melbourne

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Head out of Melbourne for a full-day small-group tour of the Great Ocean Road. See some of Southern Australia’s most beautiful beaches as you travel to Kennett River, where you can spot wild koalas. Stop in Apollo Bay for lunch, then take a dip in the Southern Ocean. Stroll in the rainforest at Great Otway National Park and travel to Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles where you cruise down the Shipwreck Coast to Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.
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Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne

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Discover the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne on this full-day tour by coach that allows you to soak up the beauty of one of Australia’s most stunning stretches of coastline. Be wowed by the Twelve Apostles, learn about the tragic history of Loch Ard Gorge, stop in Port Campbell, and enjoy photo ops of the rugged scenery throughout the day.
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  • 11 hours
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary PREMIUM Tour

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Travelers short on time in the Melbourne area don't need to miss out on one of Australia's greatest coastal road trips. This Great Ocean Road day tour includes many of the route's highlights, including the Twelve Apostles, Apollo Bay, and London Bridge. And, because this itinerary is the reverse of what many travelers take, you'll be skipping the worst of the crowds.
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  • 12 hours
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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Spend a full day exploring the landmarks of the Great Ocean Road. Watch the sunset at the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation, pass the Otway Ranges and spot koalas, explore landmarks in Port Campbell National Park and more. Known as one of Australia's most beautiful drives and one of Victoria's most popular destinations, the Great Ocean Road offers great photo ops of coastal scenery, picturesque seaside towns and pristine wilderness—a must-do excursion from Melbourne.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Helicopter Flight + Fine Dining Private Luxury Great Ocean Road Tour

Helicopter Flight + Fine Dining Private Luxury Great Ocean Road Tour

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Soar over spectacular views and enjoy an exquisite lunch on this exclusive helicopter and luxury sightseeing tour. Witness 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge on an unforgettable helicopter ride over incredible limestone stacks and breathtaking ocean. Sit back and savor a delicious fine dining seafood lunch overlooking the stunning coast. Stretch your legs and stroll through ancient rainforest as you spot native koalas and kangaroos along the way. Then, finish the day with a walk along the beach among rugged natural scenery.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass

Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass

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Experience majestic coastal scenery, native wildlife encounters, amazing marine creatures and panoramic urban views with this Super Saver combo pass. Take two full-day tours along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road and to Phillip Island. Make the most of your time in the city with complimentary admission to one of three attractions, including the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, or the Melbourne Star observation wheel, and save more than 25 percent compared to booking all the tours individually.
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Small Group - 12 Apostles, Otways & Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne

Small Group - 12 Apostles, Otways & Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne

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See the famous Twelve Apostles and hike through the lush forests of Great Otway National Park on this full-day tour from Melbourne. Reach the UNESCO-listed Twelve Apostles before the crowds and take in the stunning coastal views before enjoying a delicious lunch at a local cafe. Then it's on to Great Otway National Park to hike the forest, see beautiful waterfalls, observe local wildlife, and admire the ancient forests on a hike. On the way back to the city, stop for an optional ice cream and spot koalas, parrots, and kangaroos.
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  • 12 hours
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2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

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Discover some of Victoria’s most spectacular landscapes on this 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park. See world-famous surfing beaches, charming seaside towns and the dramatic limestone cliffs of the Twelve Apostles and Australia’s ‘Shipwreck Coast.’ Hike and bushwalk through the majestic Grampians for panoramic lookouts, wildlife sightings, and an exploration of indigenous culture. Accommodation, breakfast on day two, all park fees and guided transport from Melbourne are included.
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Private 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road Scenic Helicopter Tour from Moorabbin

Private 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road Scenic Helicopter Tour from Moorabbin

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The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives, but its popularity means it can get busy during peak season. This private 5-hour tour allows you to skip the road trip and soar overhead on a thrilling helicopter ride, before touching down to admire the famous 12 Apostles.
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne

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Embark on a thrilling journey along Australia’s most famous coastal drive—the Great Ocean Road. Set out from Melbourne for a full-day tour by air-conditioned minivan, stopping along the way at the coastal town of Apollo Bay and Split Point Lighthouse. Keep your camera on hand as you spot kangaroos and koalas on a rainforest stroll and admire the dreamy landscapes of Port Campbell National Park, including the iconic 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. This small-group tour is limited to 11 people for a personalized experience and includes hotel pick-up.
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  • 11 hours
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Great Ocean Road Classic Day Tour from Melbourne

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Discover Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this day trip from Melbourne. Admire the natural beauty of Victoria’s coastline, from surfing beaches to the Twelve Apostles rock formations. You’ll make stops at seaside villages, watch for wildlife like parrots and koalas, and travel through the Otway Ranges as you make your way to Cape Otway to climb the country’s oldest mainland lighthouse.
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Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

Private Tour: Great Ocean Road from Melbourne

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Experience the majestic scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this private, customizable tour. Follow the coast-hugging road through landscapes of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and verdant rain forests, stopping wherever strikes your fancy. Take a stroll around some of the picturesque seaside towns along the way, and be on the lookout for koalas and other native wildlife. Visit the site of a famous shipwreck, and marvel at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder for a dramatic climax to your full-day tour.
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  • 11 hours
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Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Sunset Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie Tour from Melbourne

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Take a full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road that leaves Melbourne in the late morning, thus avoiding daytime crowds and catching the sunset at the beach. Travel this spectacular stretch of Victoria’s coast, passing though seaside towns like Torquay, Anglesea, Wye River and Lorne, and stopping to see koalas at Kennett River. Walk in the rainforest of Great Otway National Park and hear the history of the Shipwreck Coast. Swim at Loch Ard Gorge and watch the sunset at the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne in the evening.
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  • 12 hours
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Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return

Great Ocean Road Small Group (8) Day Tour With Early Departure and Early Return

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Travel one of the world’s greatest routes—the Great Ocean Road—on this full-day trip from Melbourne. Traveling by chauffeured air-conditioned minivan and with an early start to beat other tour groups, this trip lets you focus on the scenery alone. See beaches, lighthouses, and ocean viewpoints; watch for dolphins, whales, and other wildlife; and visit Torquay, Lorne, the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and more. Includes snack breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 11 hours
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Express Twelve Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

Express Twelve Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne

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Take the shortest route to see the Twelve Apostles via the town of Colac on a full-day express tour from Melbourne. Even with limited time, you can enjoy a visit to the magnificent Victoria coast to view the rock formations and crashing surf that make this region so spectacular. Take a walk along the sandy beach at Loch Ard Gorge, check out the London Bridge formation and get great photo ops of the Twelve Apostles. Upgrade for a scenic helicopter flight for another perspective on the Twelve Apostles.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

2-Day Camping and Surfing Great Ocean Road Trip from Melbourne

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Tick off the highlights of Australia’s world-famous Great Ocean Road and learn to surf on this action-packed 2-day road trip from Melbourne. Hit the beach for a 2-hour surf class, spot wild koalas and kangaroos, and soak up the scenery of Apollo Bay, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Best of all: spend a night in a Native American-style teepee by the beach, where you’ll tuck into a hearty Aussie BBQ around the campfire. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people and includes accommodation, meals and round-trip transport.
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Ultimate Reverse Direction - 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road - Small group tour

Ultimate Reverse Direction - 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road - Small group tour

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As one of Victoria’s top attractions, it comes as no surprise that the Great Ocean Road draws large crowds. Experience highlights such as the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge with far less people on a day trip that travels in the reverse direction to conventional day trips. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and avoid the hassle of navigating unfamiliar roads, which leaves you free to enjoy the scenery.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Great Ocean Road Private Luxury Tour - Escape the Crowds with a Local (11 Hours)

Great Ocean Road Private Luxury Tour - Escape the Crowds with a Local (11 Hours)

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If it’s coastal Australia you’re wanting to explore, this one-day private tour will lead you to Victoria’s most iconic destination, the Great Ocean Road away from the crowds. You will travel in private and in style, enjoying one of our luxury Mercedes Benz vehicles with one of our local expert tour guides that lives along the Great Ocean Road, showing you some of our favourite places and experiences away from the crowds. Some of these places are well known, while others are our personal favourite local hidden gems – found only by getting off the beaten track. As you will be travelling with us in private, you have the freedom to customise your journey and to create your journey with the assistance of our local guides, who are all local residents living along the Great Ocean Road. On this tour you will be given an in-depth locals experience of the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell National Park, the scenic Great Ocean Road and Great Otway National Park.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Twelve Apostles hours of operation?
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Twelve Apostles hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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