The Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell

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The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are eight Apostles left, the ninth having collapsed dramatically in July 2005. The name remains significant and spectacular especially in the Australian tourism industry.Formation and historyThe apostles were formed by erosion: the harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 50 metres high. Now because of this erosion there are fewer than ten remaining. The site was known as the Sow and Pigs (Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, was the 'Sow', and the smaller rock stacks were the 'Piglets'), the Pinnacles or the Twelve Apostles. The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks.In 2002, the Port Campbell Professional Fishermens Association unsuccessfully attempted to block the creation of a proposed marine national park at the Twelve Apostles location, but were satisfied with the later Victorian Government decision not to allow seismic exploration at the same site by Benaris Energy; believing it would harm marine life.
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  • We arrived at 7.30am as we had a long trip ahead and didnt want to miss the Apostles. We are so glad we made the effort, not only because of the wild weather, but also only a handful of tourists, it w...  more »
  • Very far from parking lot, but fun to look at. It's the top thing to do on Ocean Road so it must be done. There are lots of people there, but they also move on quickly. I wish there was more info on t...  more »

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