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The Twelve Apostles are one of Australia's most iconic attractions, a collection of limestone stacks rising out of the sea along the southern coast of Victoria, Australia. They are located along the Great Ocean Road between the towns of Princetown and Port Campbell.
The Twelve Apostles, which were so named in the 1950s (they were previously known as the Sow and Piglets), have been formed by erosion. In 2005, one of the Apostles collapsed, leaving eight behind.
It is not possible to walk onto any of the Apostles, but there are boardwalks, tracks and viewing points offering great views. There are also helicopter rides, which pass over the Apostles.
There are no opening and closing hours for viewing the Twelve Apostles. You can park at the parking lot and walk from there at any point of the day.
The best time to visit is around dawn or dusk. It's hard to completely avoid the crowds, especially in peak season, because this is one of Victoria's most popular attractions.
It is free to enjoy the view, unless you decide to pay for a helicopter ride.
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There is a quicker, less scenic route as well. Instead of going along the Great Ocean Road, drive inland from Geelong to Colac along the Princes Highway, then drive south to the Great Ocean Road along the Gellibrand River Road. This route should take around 2:40 hours.
From Melbourne, V/Line operates services connecting several places along the Great Ocean Road, past the Twelve Apostles and onto Warrnambool. This service leaves Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 am (check the website for the current timetable) from Southern Cross Station, Melbourne. It stops for half an hour at the Twelve Apostles, so a better option is to book accommodation in nearby Princetown or Port Campbell and enjoy the Twelve Apostles and other nearby sights at leisure.
If you're coming from the other direction, V/Line has services from Mount Gambier, Hamilton and Portland (Australia) to Warrnambool, from where there are services to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
There are no regular, scheduled passenger services to the Twelve Apostles or nearby towns.
There are a number of companies offering plane and helicopter rides over the Apostles:
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As with places to eat, you need to go to Port Campbell or Princetown if you're looking for somewhere to have a few drinks. Please note that the latter only has the one pub, so if you want options, head to Port Campbell.
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