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Witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline.

Limestone cliffs

Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10–20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs.

The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. View the 12 Apostles at sunrise and sunset as they change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.

How to get there

The 12 Apostles are located 275 kilometres west of Melbourne, approximately a four-hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

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Nearby attractions

Explore some of the other attractions along this remarkable stretch of coastline.

Bay of Islands

Get a perfect sunset picture of the Southern Ocean and the limestone stacks of the Bay of Islands.

Gibson Steps

Take 86 steps down to the beach below to be dwarfed by the 70-metre high vertical cliff line.

Loch Ard Gorge

Be amazed at the sheer size of the cliffs and the narrow opening out to sea at the Loch Ard Gorge.

London Bridge

Witness London Bridge, originally a natural archway and tunnel, now a bridge without a middle.

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