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12 Apostles in Australia on the Great Ocean Road

Do you already know the 12 Apostles in Australia? Seeing this unique rock formation on the Great Ocean Road before your own eyes is simply a wonderful nature experience.

No, this is not about Peter, John, James, Jude and the rest of the apostles, also known as Jesus' disciples.

With these 12 Apostles is not about the disciples of Jesus, but about the rock formations off the Australian coast. Even if a certain parallel in terms of divine appearance cannot be denied. The sight of these up to 60m high limestone pillars on the rugged Australian coast between Princetown and Port Campbell is truly sublime, monumental and incredibly impressive.

So if you are preparing your trip to Australia, you will find in this article of the Nature travel blogs one of the absolute must-see highlights that the distant continent has to offer.

On the road on the Great Ocean Road

12 Apostles in Australia - visit rocks

Scenically the Great Ocean Road certainly one of the most beautiful routes along the coast in the south-east of Australia. The Great Ocean Road winds its way past spectacular landscapes over a total length of more than 200 km.

The 12 Apostles in Australia are one of the highlights along this route and are the destination and main attraction of most tours and excursions in this region.

After you apply for your visa for Australia stress-free you should definitely book a tour along the Great Ocean Road as one of your travel destinations in Australia - either as a guided excursion or on your own. The dreamlike landscapes are sure to stay in your memory and on your photos for a long time and you will certainly not regret this tour.

Interesting facts about the 12 apostles

12 Apostles in Australia - visit rocks

Although the 12 apostles in Australia are not the only attraction along the Great Ocean Road, they are certainly the highlight amidst the many other natural phenomena that present themselves to you in this coastal region.

Reason enough for a separate article in my opinion. And also reason enough to compile a few facts.

Originally, the limestone pillars were still part of the mainland around 15 million years ago, and then became more and more isolated due to progressive erosion and the effects of wind and water, until today's pillars, which are completely separated from the coastline, were formed.

Thereby are also Parts of the formations collapsedThe last time this happened was in 2005, and so there are actually no longer 12 apostles, but currently only eight.

Curiously, strictly speaking, there were never actually 12 apostles, as this current name - which, incidentally, is not only the name for the rock formations, but also for the marine national park in which the rocks are located - only came about in the 1950s. At that time, however, there were already only nine rocks rising out of the water.

Before that time the rocks were known as "The Sow and Pigs", which translates as "The sow and the pigs".

Pictures and beautiful spots at the 12 Apostles in Australia

12 Apostles in Australia - visit rocks

The so-called postcard motifs, as they are known from the 12 Apostles in Australia are mainly photographed from the upper coastal strip.

Here you simply have the best view, and of course you can only take a panorama from here that includes all 12 - sorry, eight - apostles.

There is also an official viewing platform, as well as the so-called Apostle Lockouta hiking trail on the cliffs directly above the rocks. Along this path, you can photograph the 12 apostles from different perspectives.

As with other photo motifs, the time of day and the position of the sun play a decisive role for your photos here. However, there is no "time of day" when the best pictures can be taken. Rather, the colors of the limestone columns change throughout the day depending on the position of the sun, from brown and sand-colored to an intense reddish glow.

At the same time, each exposure of the 12 Apostles has an individual charm that is worth capturing.

Another way to take pictures worth seeing is from below, i.e. from the beach. It is only from this perspective that you can really see how huge the 12 Apostles actually are.

You can reach the beach via paved steps from the coast. The steep path down the cliffs is called the "Gibson Steps".

The 12 Apostles in Australia - worth the trip!

The 12 Apostles in Australia are located on the south-east coast in the Australian state of Victoria. From Melbourne as a starting point, they can be reached by car or bus in around 4 hours. Tours are usually offered as full-day tours or multi-day tours in combination with other sights on the Great Ocean Road.

If you are traveling in Australia, you should not miss this trip! Please also use our Tips for sustainable travelwhen you are traveling in Australia.

Have fun and have a good trip,

PS.: Here at CareElite you will find a Travel checklistYou can use them to make sure you don't forget anything on your trip to Australia.

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

2 thoughts on “12 Apostel in Australien an der Great Ocean Road”

  1. That looks great. It actually makes you want to rent a camper and then explore the continent. Keep it up 🙂

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