Location: Off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia
The spectacular Twelve Apostles are the main feature on the great ocean road. They are a collection of limestone stacks rising 165 feet (50 meters) high off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. Despite the name, there are actually only eight apostles left standing as several have fallen as a result of same forces that created them, erosion by the sea.
There are a number of ways you can visit the twelve apostles. Day or overnight bus tours leave from Melbourne, but by far the best is to rent a car and do the drive yourself taking time to stop and visit the spectacular coves along the way. If you were to drive from Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles without stopping, it will take approximately 4 hours but there is so much to see along this road that one might prefer to spend 2 or 3 days traveling. A good place to overnight is Apollo Bay which leaves you with a short drive to the Twelve Apostles. This will allow you to visit at the best times of sunrise and sunset where the orange light makes for the best photos and also avoid the crowds.
Unless you are visiting in the height of summer, take a wind proof jacket as it is very windy and can get cold. If your budget can stretch to it, a helicopter flight at sunset has to be the most spectacular way to see this amazing coastline.