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About Port Campbell
Nestled in the middle of a national park, Port Campbell is a lively seaside town on Australia's Victorian coastline. The Great Ocean Road runs right through its centre, where wood-panelled houses line the broad streets and cafés look out over the calm, shielded bay. Travellers use Port Campbell as a base for exploring the 1,750-hectare parkland that's home to the Twelve Apostles: magnificent 50-metre-high stone columns that rise out of the crashing waves. Just below the town is a golden-sand beach where you can swim in tranquil waters.
Book a Port Campbell hostel with a shady outdoor terrace or on-site bar, where you can sip a beer after a long bush walk. Or to sample locally made ales and beers, look out for a hostel with its own microbrewery. Some are only a short stroll from the beach and have bikes you can hire at the front desk. Other Port Campbell hostels have colourful common rooms with cosy couches and armchairs where you can relax and swap tips with other travellers.
Port Campbell has a friendly, small town feel and it has everything you'll need in an easily walkable area. Along the front and on the main strip, Lord Street, you'll find laid-back speciality cafés and restaurants selling locally sourced seafood. For a meal right on the beachfront, pack a picnic and choose a table on the grassy foreshore. You could also take the 3km bush track to Shelly Beach: a white stretch just around the headland with rolling waves and ocean breezes.
Port Campbell National Park is known for its spectacular coastal scenery. To the west you'll find London Arch: a huge ocean formation caused by erosion. To the east, you can walk through rugged ferns and scrubland to reach the Loch Ard Gorge, where towering cliffs offer panoramic views over the sea and pristine beach cove below. The best way to explore the area's cave formations and shipwrecks is by joining a scuba-diving tour. Little fairy penguins can be spotted at the Twelve Apostles just after sunset.
Warrnambool Airport is about an hour away and has a few regional flights each day. You can also fly to Melbourne Airport. From here, take a shuttle to Geelong and transfer to either the 101 bus or a Southern Cross train. Both will take you along the 8-hour scenic coastal route to Port Campbell. To get to the Twelve Apostles, you can take a PTV bus. Just make sure to plan ahead as these buses don't run every day.