Australia Great Outdoors

Road Trip From Melbourne to 12 Apostles (The Great Ocean Road)

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road - Victoria, Australia

G’day MATE.

Before you scroll down, please know that first of all I’m an Australian and this was my first time visiting the 12 Apostles. I had seen lots of photos and had a fair idea that the scenery would be grand…. but I certainly did not expect what I discovered that day.



Australia’s bush.

There must have been something in the air. Maybe it was the mixture of overcast clouds and a nippy wind which echoed the sound of the waves. As we stood at our final destination on the Great Ocean Road, overlooking the Apostles – we closed our mouths and opened our eyes. Sometimes you really have the feeling that Mother Nature is the only thing able to move you to your core. She puts on quite a show from time to time. That’s one of the reasons I recommend all visiting tourists in Oz to come here. It was nothing short of grand.



This photo is really just like an oil painting, don’t you think?


To see the grandeur of this natural feat, look at the size of the people on top.

As you can see from the pictures, even on a cloudy day, the colours are still wonderful. It looked like a kind of oil painting but in real life.

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria,Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are eight apostles left, the ninth one of the stacks collapsed dramatically in July 2005. The name remains significant and spectacular especially in the Australian tourism industry. (Wikipedia)





The Australian countryside.

We started the day trip by hiring a car in Melbourne’s CBD and then drove for about two hours through the Victorian countryside before we hit The Great Ocean Road. It’s is a massive road which completely follow’s Victoria’s southern coastline. The GOR a wonderful drive and a real must-see if you’re visiting Australia. We stopped along the way for burgers and coffees and continued on our way to the 12 Apostles. From memory the drive directly back to Melbourne was around 3.5-4 hours.



Isn’t it spectacular?


Driving from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles will be a delightful trip.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to send me a message – I do read them all and respond every time.

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Some Australian forestry.


Rough and jagged.


Grand and spectacular.


The “Round the Twist” lighthouse for those playing at home.


This absolute beast got us from A-B.




Those colours <3 My home.


Excitement level 100.

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  • Reply
    Megan (@MeganCStarr)
    April 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    so beautiful!

    reminds me kind of astoria, oregon in fall… just a random observation 🙂

    • Reply
      April 27, 2016 at 4:43 am

      There’s still so much of the states for me to explore!!!! Arghhhhh 🙂

      • Megan (@MeganCStarr)
        April 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

        haha its massive and every city is entirely different from the next. crazy country 😛

  • Reply
    May 3, 2018 at 1:32 am

    G’day Captain Phoebe. I chanced upon your blog as my wife and I are gearing up for our first visit ever to Victoria. Obviously the GOR will be the highlight of our holiday there. I simply wanted to thank you for sharing your wonderful detailed itinerary with strangers. It takes time and dedication from people like yourself to allow the vast majority of lazy travelers like me to spend wonderful moments. A genuine act of generosity. Many thanks.

    • Reply
      May 3, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Marc! This comment has absolutely made my day 🙂 I’m always so grateful when readers take time to actually let me know what they think of my work, so thanks a million for that. Have a fantastic trip – you’ll love it, Phoebe

  • Reply
    December 14, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I am going there on December 28th 2019. how do i get onto the beach? i didn’t think that was a possibility

    • Reply
      December 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Hey there! As far as I can remember (it was many years ago) there are many possibilities to stop and go down onto beaches in this area 🙂 Have fun!

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