The First time I heard about the 12 Apostles (Twelve Apostles), I was wondering what it was all about. My thought of it was far from what I found out. After a good research and a visit to the Twelve Apostles, I have come up with a simple explanation of this popular natural features on the Great Ocean Road and why it was named the Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles are stacks of rock formations that rise up from the Southern Ocean in Victoria. These rocks are a result of the erosion of limestone cliffs which existed 10 to 20 million years ago.

Over a period of time the Southern Ocean was hit by storms and winds that were powerful enough to erode the limestone that existed in it and this resulted to the formation of caves in cliffs and finally rock stacks standing over 45 metres high.

Why are they called the 12 Apostles?

It was named the Twelve Apostles in the 20th century but there is currently no information available on the reason for the name, perhaps the people who named it derived the phrase from the bible.  But history has it that it was first called the Sow and Piglets.

Today, the Twelve Apostles are less than 12 in number but they are iconic and attract millions of visitors every year to Victoria. You may be wondering why a stack of rocks would be this popular on the Great Ocean Road. Let me  tell you why:

  1. They create wonderful photo opportunities for travellers and tourists
  2.  A flight over the 12 Apostles gives you a fantastic scenic view of the Southern Ocean
  3. The sunset there is amazing 
  4. It is very unique in structure and cannot be found anywhere else in the world

How to get there: 

A trip to the Twelve Apostles from Melbourne is about 227 km and there are many tour vehicles that leave from Melbourne daily to visit this wonderful place. But Wildlife Tours Australia has been operating trips to the Twelve Apostles since 1996 and is currently the biggest Melbourne small group tour operator offering the widest range of packages featuring the 12 Apostles.