How to spend 48 hours in Port Campbell

How to spend 48 hours in Port Campbell

Welcome to Port Campbell, a picturesque coastal town nestled along the stunning Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. With its breathtaking landscapes, rugged cliffs, and iconic natural formations, Port Campbell and the surrounding 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland region is a must-visit destination for any traveler seeking a perfect blend of natural beauty and small-town charm.

Day 1: Coastal Wonders

Morning: Sunrise at the Twelve Apostles

Start your day early with a mesmerizing sunrise at the Twelve Apostles, one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. The warm hues of dawn casting a golden glow on the limestone stacks is a sight you won’t forget. Capture the moment and breathe in the fresh sea air from the viewing platform.

Late Morning: Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge and The Razorback

Spend more of your morning at Gibson Steps, where you can descend to the beach and witness the grandeur of the cliffs up close. You will feel tiny among the giant stacks! Continue your journey along the coast to explore the dramatic scenery of Loch Ard Gorge and learn the story of the shipwreck. Don’t forget to visit The Razorback, a stunning rock formation that offers panoramic views of the Southern Ocean.

NB: beach access to Loch Ard Gorge is currently closed due to cliff instability but the rest of the precinct remains open.

Afternoon:  The Grotto and The Bay of Islands

In the afternoon make your way to The Grotto, a mesmerizing sea cave that showcases the power of nature. Enjoy the picturesque views and take your time exploring this captivating coastal formation but be prepared for a large set of stairs to descend and then of course ascend on your way back to the capark.

As the day progresses, head towards the Bay of Islands to witness a spectacular sunset. The collection of limestone stacks and arches bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun creates a magical and serene atmosphere you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.


Day 2: Explore Further

Morning: Port Campbell National Park

Embark on your second day with the enchanting Port Campbell Discovery Walk. This stroll through Port Campbell National Park allows you to immerse yourself in the region’s natural wonders. Traverse the well-maintained trails that wind through the park, offering stunning coastal views, rich flora, and the potential to spot native wildlife in their natural habitat.

Afternoon: Explore the Town

Take some time to explore the township of Port Campbell. Wander through its shops and cafes, historic centre, and of course the beach. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the town’s maritime history (and so much more!) from the knowledgeable team at the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre.

Dine: Grassroots Deli Cafe, Real Pizza Pasta Salads

Port Campbell enjoys a range of eateries offering an abundance of local produce. For breakfast or lunch consider heading to Grassroots Deli Cafe and for dinner, we suggest checking out the range at Real Pizza Pasta Salads.

Stay: Anchors Port Campbell

Anchors Port Campbell is the luxury escape you didn’t know you needed! You will feel the weight lift off your shoulders from the second you arrive. Anchors Port Campbell offers the only 4.5 Star-accredited self-contained couple’s accommodation in Port Campbell and is ideally located only minutes from the 12 Apostles.

Got longer than 48 hours?

For those with extra time and an adventurous spirit don’t worry there are plenty more activities to fill up your schedule! Consider taking on the 12 Apostles Trail, a scenic 17.7km walking and biking trail that connects Port Campbell to the hinterland town of Timboon. Along the way, you will pass by Schulz Organic Creamery and Cafe which is a great place to stop for a coffee and a treat in the garden. Upon reaching Timboon, reward yourself with the town’s delightful offerings, visit the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery for a taste of their famous whisky, or head on over to the Timboon Ice Creamery.


Port Campbell is a gem along the Great Ocean Road, offering a blend of natural wonders and a welcoming small-town atmosphere. This 48-hour guide provides just a glimpse of the many delights awaiting visitors.

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