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Port Campbell Day 2

Posted by on September 5, 2012

Day 2

Well I really should give a run down on the Port Campbell Caravan Park because I’d hate you to have the wrong impression from my previous post.  Our site was directly opposite the toilet/shower/laundry block so all we had to do was cross the road.

Port Campbell Caravan Park

The amenities were quite new and very well maintained, and as I mentioned it was great to have a wonderful HOT shower after 3 days free camping.  The amenities block is a two storey building which included a great camp kitchen/dining area and a separate tv/games room on the upper level.  In the veranda area just outside the kitchen (on the other side of the building) were 2 immaculately clean BBQ’s.

We were able to use the camp kitchen each night, and mostly were accompanied by overseas backpackers who pulled in for the night with their rental campervans, or tents.  Come dinner time the kitchen was a hive of activity.


Today we decided to take a drive around the hinterland, but before we set off we did a bit more exploring in Port Campbell.

Waves crashing in on Port Campbell Headland

War Memorial overlooking Port Campbell Foreshore


Port Campbell Town

Port Campbell Jetty

We headed to Timboon where we had a picnic lunch and explored the local shops.  Much to my surprise Timboon was a cross-roads and quite an impressive town.

Across the park @ Timboon

A tree I found at Timboon

The Fat Cow Food Co.  in Timboon

Heading back towards the coast we travelled  through some lovely dairy farming country.  (Please click on the photo to see the whole vista!)

Fabulous Farmland

I never tire of seeing the black and white cows grazing on the lush green grass we experienced in much of Victoria.  It was around this time that I finally figured out how to take a panoramic photo with my little camera (yeah, I know I’m a bit slow).

There are lots of Devondale Farms in this area, and we passed numerous ones during our travels in Victoria.  I just had to take this photo of the sign on the farm gate!

This is a Devondale Farm

Country between Timboon and Princetown


We then met the Great Ocean Road again near Princetown with our next stop being Gibson Steps and the usual warning sign.

Gibson Steps

Boy were there some steps!

 Almost to the beach

Water seeping through the rock and trickling down

Then when you arrived at the beach you were met with this sign!

Warning – Unstable Cliffs

Keep clear of cliffs.  Do not walk, sunbathe or play under cliffs as they can collapse without notice.

Visitors are advised to keep 5m clear of cliffs at all times.

Well in that case you’d better stay off the beach because it would have been hard in some places to have 5 meters between the cliffs and the southern ocean!  It is quite an eerie feeling being down on the beach below the cliffs.  The ocean is very turbulent and rogue waves were breaking fairly close to the cliffs, so you had to be on the lookout at all times.

Looking right on the beach

Looking left on the Beach

Cuttlefish bone on the beach

Among the seaweed on the beach we found quite a few cuttlefish bones – I could hardly believe this one was as big as my foot!

Here’s the steps – all 70+ of them

And when you have finished on the beach here’s the walk back up to the car!  I can tell you it was well worth the climb down and back up.  I’m so glad I was able to do this not only here but at other beaches as well.

To get back to Port Campbell we had to pass the Twelve Apostles so of course we had to stop and have another look around.


It was later in the afternoon this time, but there were still plenty of people around, you should be able to see some in this photo.  Where the dip is in this shot is the spot we were standing for the following photo.

Us at the Twelve Apostles – it was cold and showery (well that’s our excuse!)

You can see the viewing platform on the right in this photo.


The Twelve Apostles

There’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.  Not all twelve ‘apostles’ can be seen from this lookout; some are hidden behind headlands or obscured by other rock stacks.

Last century the rock stacks were called the ‘Sow and Piglets’.  Muttonbird Island near Loch Ard Gorge was the ‘Sow’ and the smaller rock stacks were the ‘Piglets’.  Perhaps Twelve Apostles was thought to be a more dignified name.

The rock stacks are the temporary remnants of a retreating limestone coastline, under constant attack by the sea.  Cliff faces are being eroded at the rate of about 2cm each year.

The two rock stacks in the photo below are named ‘Gog’ and ‘Magog’  The platform on the left of the photo is where we were standing for our photo above.

Twelve Apostles

Many of the visitors were waiting for the penguins to return to their rookery after dark so we decided we would wait too.  Well we waited and we waited pretty much until it was totally dark and you couldn’t see the beach, but unfortunately no penguins returned.

Our time we have spent at the Twelve Apostles was some of the most magical time of our whole trip, and I would return in a heartbeat to stand in awe.



PS Please remember that you can click on the panorama photos to see the entire photo.  🙂




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13 Responses to Port Campbell Day 2

  1. Highway Dreams

    a great read! cant wait till we get down there!

    • Jenny

      You’ll love the Great Ocean Road – there’s nothing to not like about it! Just allow yourself time to see everything, but preferably not in the summer school holidays! lol

  2. beth mclean

    Wow i should get over here more. Sorry i havent been on as much lately. BTW thanks for the comment xx

  3. Sharon

    Hey Jenny, thanks for another great read. As you know we are heading down that way in about 7 weeks, so can’t wait to view the Great Ocean Road first hand, although I do love your photos!!! Love the panorama shots 🙂

    • Jenny

      You’re welcome Caravanning Around Australia! I know you are going to love the GOR, and will look forward to your photos too. 😛

  4. Lisa wood

    WOW – it looks so green and so very pretty 🙂

    Love the idea of exploring beaches but not so sure I would want to be under those cliffs. The 12 Apostles looks incredible!

    • Jenny

      Lisa, the countryside was just breathtaking – I loved every minute we were there. To be honest it was a funny feeling having to descend so far down to the beach, but well worth it. Just pays to be aware of what ‘could’ happen. I’d go back there in a heartbeat.
      Thanks for stopping by

  5. Wilma Hatcher

    Jenny, I just found your blog through “New Life on the Road.” I live in southern West Virginia (right on the border with Virginia) in the States. My husband and I are both retired and have always loved to travel, but do not travel full time. We have camped in various ways during our married life and now have a 25 foot travel trailer. One of our best trips was in 1980 when we traveled the western part of the US and Canada in a Volkswagen camper with three children. We did over 10,000 miles in 2 months. We loved every minute of it. There is no better way of meeting other fine people than camping. I will bookmark your blog and keep up with your adventures. Take care and have a Merry Christmas.

    • Jenny

      Thank you Wilma for you nice comments. We have a daughter living in Colorado so have been there a couple of times.
      Gosh, I’d like to have a 25ft travel trailer – makes our 16ft van look a little small. Ah…. the good old VW camper – we call them ‘alternative lifestyle vehicles’ lol.
      Our travel has come to a halt for a while, but I am behind with the blog, so hopefully I might get some of it updated over the summer holidays here.
      Merry Christmas to you and a happy travel filled 2013

  6. Wilma Hatcher

    I am looking forward to chatting with you. Maybe some day I’ll make it to Australia. It would be nice Take careto already have a friend there! Take care!

  7. Wilma Hatcher

    What a confusing statement. Dare I blame it on the computer or my inability to hit the right keys/ I want to say, “It would be nice to already have a friend there. Take care.”

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