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The leftmost stack on the above pictures collapsed on the 3rd of July, 2005. 

What are They?:


  • The 12 Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks just off the shore of Port Campbell National Park.

  • Parks Victoria has classified this site as nationally significant.

  • They are one of Victoria's main tourist attractions, drawing in roughly two million visitors a year!

  • Some of them reach 45 metres high!


  • Until 1922, the site was known as the Sow and Piglets, but then changed to The Aposltes for tourism purposes.
  • They eventually came to be known by the name The 12 Apostles, despite there being only ever 9 stacks.
  • On the 3rd of July, 2005, one of the tallest stacks, reaching 50 metres in height collapsed, leaving only eight stacks remaining.

The above picture shows where the 12 Apostles are located. They are located at the grey dot in the south East of Australia, with the closest town being POrt Campbell. 

 Where are They?:

  • The exact co-ordinates of the 12 Apostles are 38° 39′ 57″ S, 143° 6′ 16″ E.
  • For a more basic understanding of the location of the 12 Apostles, refer to the picture on the left.

The above pictures explain and demonstrate water erosion. 

Formation of the 12 Apostles:

  • The 12 Apostles were formed by erosion.
  • The brutal conditions bearing from the Southern Ocean slowly eroded the limestone cliffs to form caves within the cliffs.
  • The caves slowly became arches, which caused them to collapse, leaving nine limestone rock stacks.
  • These stacks came to be known as the 12 Apostles.
  • For an understanding of how erosion formed these stacks, look at the pictures on the left.

 How do I get There?:

  • From Sydney International Airport, make your way South onto the Metroad 1 (M1)
  • Follow M1 until you reach the M5 (signage will include M5, Canberra, Freeway, Liverpool)
  • Continue onto the Hume Highway
  • Follow Hume Highway until you reach the Hume Freeway (signage will include Wodonga, Melbourne)
  • Follow onto National Highway M31
  • Exit onto Hume Freeway/M31
  • Follow until you reach the exit on the right which says "Western Ring Road"
  • Keeping on this road, follow the signs Princess Freeway/M1 then merge onto Geelong Road/Princess Highway/Princess Freeway/M1
  • Follow until you reach the exit to Geelong Ring Road
  • Follow until you reach the slight left turn onto Princess Highway/A1
  • Follow until you reach Tomohawk Creek Road
  • From here, continue south-west on the roads Irrewillipie Road, Scotts Creek - Carpendeit Road, Port Campbell Road, Great Ocean Road, Morris Street, Great Ocean Road.
  • After following this road, on the left there will be 12 Apostles Helicopters. From here, you can take a scenic flight around the landforms or enjoy a scenic walk down to the 12 Apostles.
  • All up, this trip should be about 1097 kilometres long.

The journey may seem complicated, but the destination makes it all worthwhile. The 12 Apostles are nature at its best and most beautiful.

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