The 12 Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell, and the scenic sight has been the usual highlight of a Great Ocean Road tour.
Not only because limestone formations are popular and iconic, there sure must be some compelling reasons why should you visit the 12 Apostles. Here’s mine:
- Visiting the 12 Apostles helps us understand how the Southern Ocean’s extreme weather conditions have helped form the offshore 50-meter high towering cliffs. For thousands of years, the changing climate and rough weather carved the limestones of the southern coast of Australia into formations we call the 12 Apostles. The most recent change occurred in 2005 when one of the stacks collapsed, and it significantly altered the landscape. A new discovery was made in 2016 when a sonar mapping revealed five more apostles drowned 50 meters beneath the ocean hidden 6 kilometers off the shore. These drowned limestone stacks had been preserved for about 60,000 years. The 12 Apostles could not be accurately numbered 12 because there are only 8 that remained standing from the original 9. Plus, the 5 drowned members of the gang. Do the maths!
- More than its iconic status the scenic spot is a beauty to behold. If you know how to appreciate nature and its charm no amount of persuasion can add why you should be fascinated by the 12 Apostles. Also called the Sow and the Piglets, the site of the 12 Apostles is a sight of changing colors especially during sunset. Looking from the bird’s eye view, the Mutton Island near pretty Loch Ard Gorge was the sow, and the 8 remaining soft rock formations are the piglets. From the lookouts such as Gibson Steps, you will have a panoramic view of the ocean, the raging surfs, the magnificent cliffs, and the colorful skies. As the sun slowly sinks behind the 12 Apostles you’d be run out of words to describe such a wonderful artwork and handicraft of nature. Not enough films could capture or digital camera storage could store the sensational moment and the memorable experience.
- Well, if you’re in Melbourne it would be a pity missing the opportunity to have a short excursion to the limestone coast of the equally impressive Great Ocean Road. More than the photos you will take against the backdrop of this southern Australian natural wonder would be to simply enjoy the allure of the rock formations and the changing hues of the scenery. There are many activities you can do to enjoy your trip to this heavenly paradise by the ocean. You can rent a helicopter and have an aerial view of the entire site. You can also hit the beach, feel the sand touch on your feet and the fresh ocean breeze on your skin, and cool off in the clear seawater by dipping in the shallows.
Visiting the 12 Apostles is a real deal.