There’s so much to see explore in around our lovely seaside town of Port Campbell.
Wonder at the crumbling golden cliffs and take in the wild sweeping vistas beyond the majestic 12 Apostles.Look further than the hauntingly beautiful Loch Ard Gorge to the many hidden wonders that promise endless adventure.
Stay with us and we’ll show you our favourite local spots. Sparkling hidden coves, magical woodlands, wonderful waterfalls and more.
Whether walking or driving around the area – many adventures await, our friendly staff will be only too happy to point you in the right direction!
Port Campbell Discovery Trail
This is easy 4km return trip, starts right on our doorstep. Cross the newly built bridge, run up the stairs (well – you can try), turn left and follow the well worn trail all the way to Two Mile Bay. You’ll be rewarded at the start of your walk by spectacular views of the Port Campbell township and the bay from the lookout at the top of the stairs. The path then briefly follows the clifftops before plunging into rich coastal vegetation before finishing at Two Mile Bay. Great for nature lovers of all kinds.
A must, if you staying with us. Walk to the beach and then follow footpath under the majestic Norfolk pines all the way to jetty. If you feel like saying hello to all the fishos, head down the steep driveway, otherwise keep following the footpath, until you come across a narrow dirt path. Follow the path and there is a great viewing platform at the end. If you feel like you want to see more, simply walk up to the top of the small hill, from there you can see as far as 12 Apostles. This can be easily done between beers, so no excuse!
Short Driving Trips
Whether you venture right or left from Port Campbell, there are so many things to see. Our favourite off beaten track stops include:
Peterborough and Beyond
Located just minutes from Port Campbell, Peterborough has one of the best beaches around. Great for walking your pooch too, but observe local laws. Once you leave Peterborough travelling towards Port Campbell, every dirt road on your left will take you to some spectacular lookout or beach. Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands is an absolute must.
This is absolute gem and we love to pop over on our way to Warrnambool as often as possible. This secluded cove has two easily accessed beaches surrounded by spectacular out of this world limestone stacks. It’s a fantastic spot for a picnic – grab a blanket and eat your gourmet food trail goodies there. Take it from us, once you’ve seen it, you will wonder why never heard of it before! Great for birders and nature lovers. Swimming is discouraged due to strong currents.
Sparkes Gully Track.
As you head towards 12 Apostles, just before helicopter shed, there is a dirt track on your right. Take it and drive all the way to the carpark. You wont believe the enormity and the height of clifftops you will be standing on once you walk to the edge. Take it easy though, this is an ever changing landscape and the path to the edge is bit of challenge. But you will be rewarded by the view of two narrow coves, split by narrow limestone bridge. Highly recommended.
Another unmarked turn-off just before Loch Ard Gorge. This is a quiet and peaceful place, especially in the mornings. Birds on the river abound and there is a great track that will take you as far as Loch Ard Gorge if you fee like a hike. Please don’t swim here, there is incredibly powerful current off the beach.
Another great gem, roughly halfway between 12 Apostles and Princetown. You have two options. You can drive all the way to the carpark above or you can leave your car at the Great Ocean Walk lookout and walk in from there. The track is part of Great Ocean Walk and offers absolutely mind blowing views of the famous coastline without the ubiquitous crowds. To get to the beach itself, follow the steep sandy track found at the carpark.
Gables and Wreck Beach.
These two somewhat forgotten, yet historically and geographically significant spots are found in the Otways, but still only under 45 minutes drive from Port Campbell. Gables is a spectacular lookout, perched on what is by many considered to be the highest point along the southern Australian coast. Views encompass the wild and very little explored parts of the coast, a great spot to see migrating whales in the winter. Nearby Wreck Beach is site of numerous shipwrecks, most notably Marie Gabrielle and Fiji, whose anchors are still stuck in the reef and are poignant reminder of coasts violent past. Not to be missed for photography enthusiasts!