An Australian landmark – 12 Apostles

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!2-Apostles-1797In between Adelaide and Melbourne lie the 12 Apostles, a “must-see” on our Australian tour. The world’s tallest limestone stacks stand close to the cliff that hugs the coast. Only eight remain but don’t try to count them as some are hidden behind the rocky headland and others have disintegrated. Waves create caves in the headland, arches form and then collapse leaving behind these ancient pinnacles.

While anytime of the day provides a great spectacle, sunrise and sunset are particularly impressive for the blazing hues created. A visit to the 12 Apostles begins at the 12 Apostles Visitor Centre. The parking area is designed to cater for the 1.2 million visitors annually that enjoy the site. A tunnel takes people under the Great Ocean Road to extensive boardwalk and viewing platforms.

At first glance you will see 7 rock stacks to the west with another  hidden by headlands and obscured by other stacks. To the east are a further two rock stacks referred to in local vernacular as Gog and Magog. These two stacks are viewable from beach level via Gibsons Steps car park, a half mile to the east of the 12 Apostles

Where to stay: I recommend Great Ocean Road Motor Inn. Not a luxurious one, but a good balance between value and quality.