"Port Cambell and the Great Ocean Road" Port Campbell by Waxbag

Port Campbell Travel Guide: 128 reviews and 490 photos

The Great Ocean Road follows one of the planets most dramatic coastlines. Formed by billions of tiny sea creatures 20 million years ago, the limestone coast is constantly evolving from the ravages of time, and the elements of wind, rain, and the unrelenting onslaught of waves whose power has been generated from the winds off the icy Southern Ocean (sometimes reaching heights of 30m!). The result of the eroding, dissolving, smashing, and tunneling is a geological masterpiece that runs 400km. Among the highlights are the Bay of Islands, London Bridge (half of which has fallen), the Grotto, and the famous Twelve Apostles. The incredible Loch Ard Gorge is named for a ship that ran into the cliffs in a fog some 150 years ago. Most of the coast is a graveyard for literally hundreds of ships and their unfortunate crews with nothing left but an occasional rusted anchor stranded on an isolated beach.

The charming little fishing village of Port Cambell, population 200, is right in the middle of the most spectacular section of the Great Ocean Road. It is about 8km from Loch Ard Gorge, 15km to the Twelve Apostles, 4km from the Arch, 15km to London Bridge and the Grotto, and about 20km to the Bay of Islands. There is a slew of accommodation including B & Bs, farms stays, retreats, cottages, backpackers, and a cabin and caravan park. The restaurant options are good and include pub grub, Italian pizza and pasta, a trendy seafood joint, a bakery, as well as others. Don’t be in a hurry to leave Port Cambell as there is plenty of things to do and see around the area.

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  • Pros:Stunning section of the Great Ocean Road, a must see in Auz
  • Last visit to Port Campbell: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated Aug 16, 2007
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  • nani80's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Very interesting page. And your photos.... wow!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • wilocrek's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    My compliments on your photography...your pictures are simply stunning! I previously didn't have any interest or knowledge of Port Campbell but now its on my radar!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Stunning scenery here!

  • SabrinaSummerville's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Beautiful pics and great tip.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2008 at 4:25 AM

    Hi, nice to see yr lovely pics - was there a few years ago which is a lovely memory to refresh with your page thanks!(showing on the VT main page today)

  • Doctor_Travel's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2008 at 5:59 AM

    1 hour back from 12 apostles, town called Laver's Hill and there is a great little national pak Melba Gully NP famouus , See the magic of glow worms in dark. You can aslo see a massive 1000 year old tree. Dr_Travel

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