The Twelve Apostles can be reach by a day trip from Melbourne, or if you are already planning a road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide, this is definitely one of the stop that you couldn’t miss.
Day 3 – Anglesea > The Twelve Apostles > Port Campbell > Warrnambool
Leaving the beautiful small town Anglesea and enroute to Warrnambool, it’s such an exciting day because leaving Anglesea is where we start the coastal drive. It is really amazing when you start seeing the blue ocean on your left and every turning you make is so magnificent. It takes about 4 hours road trip to reach the Twelve Apostles from Melbourne, in between you will pass by Lorne and Apollo Bay. Although it may sounds like a tiring long drive but trust me you will enjoy the coastal drive along the way.
Don’t be afraid of making stop at Lookout Point!
If you’ve seen any signboard of a lookout point, do make a stop by to take a breathe or rest. This is one of the stop at Aireys Inlet, Split Point Lighthouse.
Passing by Split Point Lighthouse and about one hour away, remember to make a stop at Kennett River.
Make a short stop at Kennett River for Koala!
As much as I wanted to see wild koala, but we don’t have the luck for our stop at Kennett River. We make a brief walk up the hill but still no sight of koala. But thanks to your guide Cassandra, we still enjoy Kennett River with a flock of wild King Parrots! Try buying a small pack of melon seeds from the mart and the King Parrots will start making their ‘pit stop’ on your hands and head.
Cautious: The White Parrots are huge and heavy, and take cautious as they BITE too!
Leaving Kennett River, we’re now about 1 and half hours away to Twelve Apostles. Try make your way to Twelve Apostles before 12pm if you’re planning for a helicopter ride or otherwise the queue will starts when tour buses arrive. When we reached at 12.30pm, we’re probably the only group of people there, as soon as the center gather 8 pax to fit into 1 chopter, we departs!
There will be a short safety briefing before you hop on the helicopter but it’s really just a very short 20 minutes ride. You have the option to choose for different courses with different price, what’s the difference between these courses are the sights that you will be seeing when you’re on board.
Starting price is AU$290 for 2 pax for a 15 minutes scenic flight which covers 12 Apostles and London Bridge, a longer ride which cost AU$470 for 2 pax will covers 12 Apostles, London Bridge plus The Grotto – Schomberg Reef – Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. If you really wish to see more of the landscapes, you can opt for the AU$1,140 for 2 pax ride which cover 12 Apostles, London Bridge, Bay of Islands, plus Point Ronald, Pebble Beach, Moonlight Head, Wreck Beach, Castle Cove, Johanna Beach, Blanket Bay and Cape Otway Lighthouse.
You can book your helicopter ride online or check out their website for more details here: www.12apostleshelicopters.com.au
Watch My Helicopter Ride here:
Take a brief walk to the Twelve Apostles lookout point after the ride.
It’s really crowded at the lookout point but it’s great to view the 12 apostles at a closer point. It takes about 30 minutes to complete a round trip walk from the car park.
Little background about 12 Apostles:
Witness the rugged splendour of the famous The Twelve Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s dramatic coastline. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning of 10-20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. When the caves eventually became arches and collapsed, rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore.
Watching the 12 Apostles at Sunrise or Sunset will have a dramatic view as the limestone cliffs change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.
The Twelve Apostles to Warrnambool.
From the Twelve Apostles, it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Warrnambool, hence you can make a stop at Port Campbell for lunch. And if you wanted to see London Bridge, you can head backward for a bit to visit the London Bridge, but in our case since we’ve seen London Bridge during our helicopter ride, we take a short trip to Tower Hill Reserve for wildlife which is about 22 minutes away from Warrnambool.
Koala on the hang.
We managed to spot 3 wild koala hanging on tree, of course sleeping. =P
It’s really an amazing experience driving through a wildlife park even though it’s a small reserve park but driving through and searching for different wildlife is really an extraordinary experience!
Final Stop > Warrnambool
I don’t really have much time to explore Warrnambool, but there’s an island with little penguins named Middle Island but is closed to public to protect the little penguins but I get to walk around for sunrise, the breeze is killing but it’s so refreshing.
Where To Stay in Warrnambool? Lady Bay Resort.
Lady Bay Resort is located between the Lady and Stingray bays in the coastal town of Warrnambool at the end of Great Ocean Road. It is the ideal year round location for your family holiday or weekend getaway.