Port Campbell

Port Campbell National Park, Ken Stepnell / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 258

This peaceful seaside resort – the base of a small crayfishing industry – is in the centre of Port Campbell National Park on the Great Ocean Road. The Twelve Apostles, one of Victoria's most famous attractions, can be found nearby.

Visitor Information

12 Apostles Visitor Information Centre, 26 Morris St; (03) 5598 6089 or 1300 137 255


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In Town

Historical Museum: open Wed, Thurs and Sat; Lord St.

Fishing: good from rocks and pier; boat charters available.


Port Campbell National Park The park is a major attraction on the Great Ocean Rd, with magnificent rock formations jutting out into the ocean. Particularly impressive when viewed at dusk (when penguins can be seen) and dawn, the key coastal features are The Arch, 5 km W; London Bridge, 6 km W; Loch Ard Gorge, 7 km SE; and the world-famous Twelve Apostles, which begin 12 km SE of Port Campbell and stretch along the coast. These spectacular limestone stacks were part of the cliffs until wind and water left them stranded in wild surf off the shore.Other notable features are The Grotto, Bay of Islands and Bay of Martyrs. There are walking tracks throughout the park, and the Historic Shipwreck Trail marks 25 sites along the coast between Moonlight Head and Port Fairy (sites are also popular with divers – a charter company is based in Port Campbell; details from visitor centre). For the ultimate view of this coastline, take an ever-popular scenic flight (details from visitor centre).

Mutton Bird Island: attracts short-tailed shearwaters, best viewed at dawn and dusk Sept–Apr; just off coast.

Great Ocean Walk: between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles. The 91 km walk offers stunning views; walkers must register to use campgrounds en route; information available at greatoceanwalk.com.au

Timboon: a pretty town in the centre of a dairy district. Timboon Farmhouse Cheese offers tastings and sales of gourmet cheeses, while Timboon Railway Shed Distillery offers a variety of spirits. A scenic drive goes from Port Campbell to the town. It is also on one end of the Camperdown–Timboon (Crater to Coast) Rail Trail. Pick your own berries in season at nearby Berry World; 16 km N.

Otway Deer and Wildlife Park: 19 km SE.

Gourmet Food and Wine Loop: map from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Peterborough 11 km

Peterborough has beach and estuary fishing. The estuary system is Curdies River, a noted bream river with fish to 1.5 kg common. The best place to access the river is upstream at a place called Boggy Creek – a name... Find out more

Gellibrand River 17 km

A little further west from Aire River are Castle Cove and Johanna Beach; both produce fishing similar to the beach at Aire River. There is also good beach fishing at Princetown, at the mouth of the Gellibrand River. ... Find out more

Lake Purrumbete 43 km

The bulk of the serious trout-fishing action in Victoria is in the Western District crater lakes. Of these, Lake Purrumbete near Camperdown ranks in the top half a dozen trout lakes in the state in terms quality,... Find out more

Lake Bullen Merri 43 km

Lake Bullen Merri at Camperdown is less than 20 mins drive from Lake Purrumbete. A deep, volcanic lake with saline water, it is stocked with brown and rainbow trout, Atlantic and Chinook salmon, and Australian bass.... Find out more

Aire River 46 km

This area comprises estuary, surf and freshwater on the west side of Cape Otway. Aire River nestles in a valley along the foothills of the Otways. To get there, follow the Great Ocean Road past the Cape Otway turn-off,... Find out more

Warrnambool 51 km

Warrnambool is a big, tidy city. It’s a great place to take the family for a holiday, particularly if you have fishing on your mind. All forms of angling are available, but the most popular water is the Hopkins... Find out more

Apollo Bay 61 km

Apollo Bay has a diversity of angling options, including river, estuary, surf and offshore. You can also fish from the rocks or in the sheltered harbour. Anglers who come here seek everything from brown trout and bream... Find out more

Port Fairy 70 km

Port Fairy is an unimposing historic seaport between Warrnambool and Portland. While it might come across as a sleepy, seaside resort, Port Fairy always seems to attract exciting piscatorial headlines. During the 1960s... Find out more

Lorne 86 km

On the way into Lorne is a popular ledge known as Jump Rock. It consistently produces salmon, silver trevally, barracouta, pinkies and mullet. The drive into Lorne will also take you across the Erskine River, a small... Find out more

Lake Bolac 99 km

One of my favourite fishing activities after a hot summer day is to wander along the banks of the Barwon River in Geelong, casting lures for redfin. Redfin are feisty, competitive fish that bite readily and taste great.... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking at Lake Pertobe Reserve 52 km

Lake Pertobe Reserve on Warrnambool’s foreshore is known as one of the best adventure playgrounds around, with plenty for kids of all ages. There are paddleboats and canoes, a maze and flying fox, free barbecues... Find out more

Sea-kayaking in Marengo Marine Sanctuary 61 km

In an exciting two-hour guided paddle, head out from Apollo Bay to Marengo Marine Sanctuary to get a close-up view of an Australian fur-seal colony. The seals often come out to swim around the kayaks.... Find out more

Canoeing on Lake Elizabeth 66 km

For a fantastic dawn or dusk paddle in which you have a 95 per cent chance of seeing a platypus, join Otway Eco Tours on Lake Elizabeth. Half-day trips to this remote lake in the ranges depart from the small hamlet of... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Port Fairy Golf Club 69 km

An endearing quality of the great links layouts of Britain and Ireland is their natural setting. Wild, windswept holes rolling between sand dunes that have stood tall for centuries are the norm. The links of Port... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Craypot Bistro

This family-friendly pub offers great value for money. There are good, big meals under $20 and also a children’s menu. Even the scotch fillet steak with your choice of sauce won’t break the bank. The crayfish... Find out more

Room Six Cafe Restaurant

This new addition to the Port Campbell eating scene is owned by a couple, and both are chefs. One has a specialty in Mediterranean fare, the other in Asian cuisine – hence the menu features a fusion of both their... Find out more

Timboon Railway Shed Distillery

This distillery is run by the owners of Timboon Ice Cream. Housed in a beautifully renovated railway station, the venture is in part an ode to the local characters that ran bootleg whisky operations hereabouts. The smell... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck) 44 km

Scott and Vanessa Wilson-Browne are another couple of ‘ale changers’ who swapped busy Melbourne careers to move to the country, bring up their young family, and brew and market craft ales. Along the way, they... Find out more

Flying Horse Brewery 48 km

Whales and ales are now the twin attractions for the pretty seaside Victorian city of Warrnambool, following the development of the sprawling Flying Horse Bar & Brewery complex by joint owners Matt Monk, Matt Stewart... Find out more

Otway Estate Brewery 53 km

Located 12 kilometres from Colac, Otway Estate Winery was established in 1983, specialising in cool-climate wines; a microbrewery was added in 2007. Head brewer Luke Scott oversees the production of up to 15 different... Find out more

Campsites around town

Port Campbell Holiday Park

It’s only a short drive from Port Campbell east down the Great Ocean Rd to the landmark Twelve Apostles, a spectacular but slowly diminishing offshore grouping of limestone towers sculpted over countless centuries... Find out more

Great Ocean Road Tourist Park 10 km

Situated at Peterborough on the Great Ocean Rd, 12 km west of Port Campbell and within easy reach of the Twelve Apostles, is the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park. It’s next to the tranquil Curdies Inlet, which offers... Find out more

Princetown Recreation Reserve 16 km

This campground has its fair share of peace and quiet, but the main reason for staying near Princetown is the fact that the beautiful Twelve Apostles are only a few minutes to the west of the tiny settlement by car.... Find out more

Johanna Beach camping area 36 km

This large campground is nestled behind the dunes at Johanna Beach, a popular surfing spot to the north-west of Cape Otway. There are 2 ways to reach it. The first is to turn off the Great Ocean Rd onto Red Johanna Rd,... Find out more

Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park 41 km

Lake Purrumbete is a prime destination for anglers chasing chinook salmon and rainbow and brown trout, as attested to by the heavy-duty boat ramps and jetties at the caravan park. The park is on the foreshore at the... Find out more

Aire Crossing camping area 43 km

Just north of this riverside campground is the magnificent Triplet Falls, cascading down through untrammelled old-growth forest. Also in the vicinity is the walk to Little Aire Falls, which weaves through rainforest to... Find out more

Camperdown Lakes and Craters Holiday Park 44 km

This scenic park is wedged between a pair of extinct volcano craters. Part of one crater has been flooded by Lake Bullen Merri, which is perfect for watersports such as sailing, waterskiing and swimming. The scenery is... Find out more

Aire River West camping area 46 km

This camping area on the western side of the Aire River, near the mouth of the watercourse, is big, flat and open, making it ideal for large groups. You can reach it by travelling 5.3 km down Sand Rd (seasonal access);... Find out more

Aire River East camping area 46 km

This shady campground is about half the size of the camping area on the other side of the river, and so may afford a little more peace and quiet. It’s accessed via Horden Vale Rd, signposted south off the Great... Find out more

Warrnambool Holiday Park 50 km

Filled with amenities, this holiday park is situated 2 km east of the centre of Warrnambool. Within its confines you’ll find a reasonable number of sites shaded by large trees, as well as a playground, a pool and a... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Port Campbell Holiday Park

This park is in a scenic location close to the centre of town and adjoining the beach. It is privately managed but forms part of the national park. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more

Great Ocean Road Tourist Park 10 km

Situated just off the Great Ocean Road at the mouth of the Curdies River, this park is popular with those keen on fishing. It is just a short walk from the centre of town and the beach and has good facilities. Bookings... Find out more

Camperdown Lakes and Craters Holiday Park 44 km

Perched on the rim of a crater lake high above Camperdown and adjoining the botanical gardens, this park has a fabulous outlook. It offers basic facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at Christmas and... Find out more

Fig Tree Holiday Village 51 km

Centrally located about 600 metres from main shopping precinct, this is a very good quality and good value park in a quiet off-highway position. It has a heated indoor pool and a tennis court but cannot fit big rigs.... Find out more

Surfside Holiday Park – Warrnambool 51 km

This is a large, very good-quality council-owned park right on the beachfront. Great for a family beachside holiday, the park has good facilities and is just 1 km from the city centre and close to Flagstaff Hill.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Warrnambool 52 km

Across the road from the beach, this well kept park is ideal for a holiday or just a few days away. With its excellent facilities, including a popular undercover camp kitchen and a movie room, the park can be busy.... Find out more

Pisces Holiday Park 61 km

With a range of accommodation and a great outlook, this quality park is on a rise overlooking the sea. It is 1.5 km to the town centre and only a short stroll to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a... Find out more

Marengo Holiday Park 61 km

This park is situated on an absolute beachfront property, 1.5 km south of the Apollo Bay township, off the Great Ocean Road. It is budget-priced, especially considering the location. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Port Fairy Gardens Caravan Park 71 km

This is a large council-owned park about 5 minutes’ walk from the town centre and just 200 metres from the beach, with level grassy sites, good amenities and a tennis court. Bookings are required at Christmas,... Find out more

Belfast Cove Caravan Park 72 km

This is a lovely boutique park with magnificent gardens. It has very good facilities including a tennis court and a boat parking area. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-stay... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Daysy Hill Country Cottages

Just out of the village of Port Campbell, this 1.8‑hectare property’s sandstone and cedar cottages have pitched ceilings and polished wood floors, and come in a variety of configurations. Some of the two-bedroom... Find out more

Loch Ard Motor Inn

Sixteen of the 17 bright and clean motel rooms have views of Port Campbell’s pocket-size bay. Eight apartments – some at the front, the side and the rear of the property – are almost the size of a small... Find out more

Sea Foam Villas

On Port Campbell’s main thoroughfare, these apartments are only some 50 metres from the beach. The complex is built on a corner; some of the beachside apartments have balconies overlooking the horseshoe bay, others... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology 51 km

There are not many better-thought-out ecotourism ventures than this superb multi-award-winning facility on Cape Otway. It has its own 66-hectare wildlife refuge and doubles as a shelter for injured and orphaned wildlife,... Find out more

Apollo Bay Youth Hostel 61 km

This relatively new hostel was built with an eco-friendly design, including thermal storage banks and other passive solar heating and cooling. It also has solar hot water, rainwater tanks, a worm farm, drought-tolerant... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Peterborough park area 10 km

At Peterborough

On the foreshore, just off the highway.

Twelve Apostles park area 11 km

86km W of Apollo Bay (R) or 10km E of Port Campbell (L)

Just off the highway at the interpretive centre near the lookout.

Johanna Beach camping area 37 km

T/O 38km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 57km E of Port Campbell (R)

Near the beach 5km south of the highway via Red Johanna Rd in Otway National Park.

Aire River West camping area 47 km

T/O 24km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 71km E of Port Campbell (R)

In Otway National Park. Open area located over a bridge 1km past Aire River East camping area.

Aire River East camping area 47 km

T/O 24km W of Apollo Bay (L) or 71km E of Port Campbell (R)

Among trees 5.5km south of the highway via Hordern Vale Rd in Otway National Park. 

Apollo Bay park area 61 km

At Apollo Bay

At the information centre on the foreshore.

Colac park area 61 km

At Colac

Just off the highway under shady trees in the middle of town.

Mortlake park area 62 km

At Mortlake

Adjacent to the highway, in the middle of town.

Killarney Beach camping area 67 km

T/O at Killarney

Near the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Lake Tooliorook camping area 76 km

T/O at Lismore

Large grassed area among trees on the edge of the lake 5km south of Lismore.

Derrinallum park area 77 km

At Derrinallum

Adjacent to the highway, in the middle of town.

Deep Lake camping area 78 km

T/O at Derrinallum

Large grassed area among trees on the edge of the lake. Located 4km north of the highway via Chatsworth Rd.

Lismore park area 80 km

At Lismore

Just off the highway next to the swimming pool. On the east side of town.

Winchelsea park area 84 km

At Winchelsea

On the riverbank via Barton Tce.

Lorne park area 86 km

At Lorne

On the foreshore, just off the highway. On the east side of town.

What's on around town

Market: Lord St; each Sun in summer and Easter.

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