Port Campbell Travel Guide

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Port Campbell Highlights

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     A very quiet sleepy town on a winter's night 

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  • In a nutshell
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     Sleepy fishing village, beautiful scenery, cosy accomodation 

Port Campbell Things to Do

  • The Headland of the harbour at Port...

    The Headland is known to local Aboriginal people as Purroitchihoorrong 'the spirit voice that mocks you'. These cliffs are limestone and like so much of the Great Ocean Road; they are eroding. Some of the area is able to be hiked while some areas have been considered too unstable to be safe. My wife and I admired them from afar as well as taking in...

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  • Bay of Islands Coastal Park

    My wife and I stopped here to enjoy the views. Many areas like this along the Great Ocean Road are perfect for stopping as they have a car park and several lookout areas. This particular area is part of a coastal reserve and is protected land.

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  • Worm Bay

    Worm Bay is a calm stretch of beach on the Great Ocean Road by the eastern side of the Bay of Martyrs. The reefs and headlands protect this beach from rough surf so it is ideal for swimming. This beach was a nice stretch of beige sand between some limestone cliffs. The water was very calm with few small waves in the blue/green waters; a real change...

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  • Two Mile Bay

    Two Mile Bay is located just pass the arch and has some seriously hazardous surf conditions. This is where the brave come to surf or fish. I seriously couldn't imagine anyone wanting to take the risk; the waves are fierce.

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  • Thunder Cave

    We heard it before we saw it. The soaund of the roar was unbelievable and as we got closer it only got louder. When we finally came upon the Thunder Cave; it was another Wow moment.Erosion created the Thunder cave as well as many of the other Geological wonders of the Great Ocean Road. The Ocean roars into this crevice of rock with such a force it...

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  • Bay of Martyrs

    Bay of Martyrs is another stop we made along the Great Ocean Road that has increadible views. The Bay has a cove beach with rocky cliffs and small rock formations in the ocean waters. This area as well was formed by erosion; quite windswept and with large waves. The beach area though is alot calmer than that of the Twelve Apostles since the cove...

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  • Gibson's Steps

    A short drive down on the Great Ocean Road past the 12 Apostles are the Gibson's Steps. The steps are weathered cliffs that look like steps decending down to the beach below. My wife and I visited this area and took in the incredible views from this point. It was a windy day and the ocean made such an incredible roar as it crashed on the rocks....

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  • Twelve Apostles Centre

    The Twelve Apostles Center is where we parked our car and got some local information before heading down the path to see the 12 Apostles for ourselves. Here you wiull find local area information, a small cafe selling food and drinks, bathrooms and the car park.

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  • London Arch

    London Arch or "London Bridge" as it is also called was another highlight of our trip on the Great Ocean Road. The London Arch is much like the Twelve Apostles, as it too was formed by erosion from the wind and surf from the Southern Ocean. The Arch once resembled a bridge but erosion finally collapsed the span in 1990. Now, all that remains in the...

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  • The Twelve Apostles

    The Highlight of our trip on the Great Ocean Road was seeing the Twelve Apostles. The My wife had wanted to see this for many years so finally in November 2012 we decided to travel the Great Ocean Road to make her dream a reality.The Twelve Apostles are limestone stacks that jut out of the Southern Ocean. The stacks have been formed from many years...

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  • Port Campbell Discovery Walk Lookout

    After enjoying lunch in the town of Port Cambell we were back on the Great Ocean Road to see some more sights. We came upon the Discovery Walk Lookout about ten minutes out of town. This area has a scenic look out of the town and ocean as well as walking trails. We decided to stop and take in some of the views.The views were very nice of the town,...

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  • The Blowhole

    The Blowhole is a cavernous area of rock at the back of the Thunder Cave. Here is where the real "roar" of the ocean is magnified. The Blowhole also spews some serious sea spray upwards with every crashing wave.

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  • The Arch

    The Arch was another stunning geological formation we had the pleasure of viewing along our Great Ocean Road Journey. This is just another example of the power that wind and water has on rocks and the great visual result.

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  • Twelve Apostles, pure magic

    This section of the Great Ocean Road is the most photographed and visited. Here the unrelenting sea has battered the ancient limestone coast leaving a spectacular series of rock stacks, known as the Twelve Apostles. Currently, however, there are only six Apostles which is a testament to the process of erosion and undercutting that is ongoing and...

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  • Loch Ard Gorge, where history meets the...

    Included as a part of the Twelve Apostles Marine Park and the Port Cambell National Park, this extraordinary gorge is named after the unfortunate three-masted square-rigged iron-hulled clipper Loch Ard which foundered off Mutton Bird Island in 1978. Captain Gibb was trying to enter the western entrance of Bass Strait during heavy fog which was...

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Port Campbell Hotels

Port Campbell Restaurants

  • Decent Fish & Chips

    We stopped off in Port Campbell to explore the town and decided to grab some lunch as well. We walked along Lord Street and checked out the menus before we found this place. The menu looked good and so did the food on the tables, so we decided to eat here.This is a casual place with small tables outside, about 4 in total. The menu is on a large...

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  • Great location - bad,bad food

    Looking over the beach and the bay, floor to ceiling windows, decking at front and to the side, this place looked the ideal place to grab lunch. Didn't expect anything too fancy and wanted to keep it simple. Not in a rush but not looking for a long Sunday lunch.Steak sandwich served with fries, chicken schnitzel burger and for the kids, one wanted...

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  • The Local

    This is the only Pub in Port and it has a good bar and lounge area. On a summers day you can sit outside and enjoy a beer or two.They are open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner.They also have a bottle shop for the take home grog. The Pub's menu is extensive and it's a matter of having what you like.They do have Grayfish when in season...The...

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Port Campbell Transportation

  • Driving

    My wife and I made arrangements to rent a car through Europcar for our drive on the Great Ocean Road. We arrived at the train station in Melbourne and headed off to the car rental office. Our car was at an off site location (weird) so we hopped into a car with the clerk to another Europcar location to pick up our car.Our car was a basic economy...

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  • Getting to the Great Ocean Road

    SELF-DRIVEThe B100 is the Great Ocean Road.It is a 2-hour drive from the heart of Melbourne to the start of the Great Ocean Road at Torquay.Travel via the Princes Highway over the West Gate Bridge to the bayside city of Geelong. From here you can take the Surf Coast Highway to the famous surf town of Torquay. The Great Ocean Road covers a distance...

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  • Flights into Port Campbell

    Port Campbell is located a couple hours outside of Melbourne, Victoria. There are several options on getting here by plane, but no matter which option, you will have a drive ahead of you. There is also a regional airport in nearby Portland, Victoria.. but you would still look forward to an hour or two.International flights serve points throughout...

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Port Campbell Warnings and Dangers

  • Unstable Cliffs

    As we explored many of the sights along the GOR; there were postings of unstable cliffs. Areas such as the Twelve Apostles are perched high above the beach and have areas of instability. Best to be careful; watch the signs and adhere to the paths that are marked safe.

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  • Snakes?!

    Australia does have it's share of creatures that can kill you: sharks, jelly fish, snakes, insects, spiders.drop bears (just kidding that is a joke on the tourists). If you see a sign posted warning of a potential animal hazzard; please pay attention to it and be aware.

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  • The Water is Quite COLD!

    My wife loves the water and the temps were heating up during our afternoon; so she decided to teat the water. Yeah, it was freezing cold, so no ocean dip for her that day. We asked a local fisherman if this was the norm for this time of year and he told us yes. The water tends to be a bit colder here in the South.

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Port Campbell What to Pack

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    by ATXtraveler Written Sep 10, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Day trippers should carry a little pack for your camera, water, snacks and possibly a small jacket.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most of the people visiting Port Campbell are day tripping it from the Melbourne area, so it would make alot of sense to bring a couple layers. The wind was not bad when we were there, although other reports have told us that we were there on almost a perfect day. A medium weight windbreaker or a fleece pullover would be good. I wore jeans and was not uncomfortable, but would have been a little chilly in shorts.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Readily available throughout the city and attractions.

    Photo Equipment: Wide angle lens, and a nice zoom.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel

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Port Campbell Off The Beaten Path

  • The 3 hard-to-reachs at the Lord Ard...

    Tours don't make long stops so while everyone rushes around to soak up the magic of Lord Ard Gorge, the tight time meant abandoning some of the other attractions around the spot.I was fortunate to be given the chance to visit some of these spots: The Blowhole, Thunder Cave and Sherbrooke River.All situated on the right from Lord Ard Gorge, driving...

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  • Otway Fly Treetop Walk

    I am not sure if any tours from the city will end up here - I reckon the chance to be low considering we only saw private cars in the carpark!The Otway Fly is a 600 m long 25 m high elevated tree top walk ascending at a gentle grade through a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest featuring Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Mountain Ash. A 45 m...

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  • Jungle Walk in Otway Ntl Park

    Here, where the Great Ocean Road goes away from the Ocean, the Cap is the Otway Ntl Park.On the Cap is a nice lighthouse and also the jungle walk.My Travell Book said it would take 45 Minutes for the walk, but then you are really either very slowly walking or fotographing a lot of plants...I think it is a good counterpart after all the driving....

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Port Campbell Sports & Outdoors

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    by Kate-Me Written Jun 15, 2004

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    I'm not quite sure where you'd surf at Port Campbell, but it's definitely not near the cliffs of the 12 Apostles, as there's no beach access from the Cliffs.
    I also think that along this part of the coastline, you'd probably want to be an experienced surfer.

    Equipment: There is a surf shop in most of the beach towns along the Great Ocean Road, including in the main street of Port Campbell.

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Port Campbell Favorites

  • Take Your Time on the Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road can be 'done' as a day trip from Melbourne to see the Twelve Apostles. However, it would be a shame to race through in one day and back and miss most of it.The spectacular coastline west of Cape Otway cannot be enjoyed from the car. The road is too far inland to offer any view of the cliffs. You have to stop at the viewpoints...

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  • The Great Ocean Road.

    The Great Ocean Road start oficial in the old touristplace Torquay 40 km south of Geelong. it follows the rocky Shipwreck Coast 240 till km later by Warrnambool.

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  • The Great Ocean Road sign

    The Great Ocean Road is build as a mi=onument for the soldiers who have served in the first worldwar. The start was in 1910 and it was finished in 1934, many of the 3000 men who has worked on the road has been veterans of the worldwar1.

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