The Twelve Apostles are huge limestone rock formations separated from the cliff shore by the action of wind and waves. You won’t see 12 of these rock formations all at once, as they say some may be hidden from view from any of the vantage points. Some say as well that there are no longer 12 rock formations, because one or two (or as many as five) may have been eroded away.
The Twelve Apostles Marine National Park represents habitats of the cooler waters of western Victoria. However, the most obvious environmental factor is the energy of the waves. The sea is seldom calm with waves pounding in every 10 to 16 seconds from the Southern Ocean. Away from the coast, the seafloor is mainly low rocky reef, with extensive areas of sand and shell rubble.
Little Penguins feed in the park and nest in caves below the Twelve Apostles. Patient observation just after dark or in the early morning will allow visitors to view these birds from the platforms at the 12 Apostles.
To reach the Twelve Apostles you will need to travel on The Great Ocean Road. A sometimes windy but extremely scenic drive along Australia’s south coast which is quite beautiful. Driving from one end of the Great Ocean Road to the other is a bombardment of the senses. You’ll get to see the amazing surf beaches and the Southern Ocean stretch all the way to the horizon. There’s tranquil bays and inlets, rolling hills, rocky outcrops, gargantuan cliff faces and even lush rainforest. The Great Ocean Road also offers the Twelve Apostles and other scenery, the likes of which is unique to the region.
One of the more popular drives involves taking the Great Ocean Road from Geelong to Warrnambool, then heading back to Geelong through the Otways, much of which consists of dense rainforests. If the Great Ocean Road is a little overcrowded, taking the back way is good idea. Just follow the Princes Highway instead of the Great Ocean Road.