The Top 10 Things To Do Near Port Campbell Motor Inn
Located along Victoria’s surf coast, the Port Campbell Motor Inn is a popular destination for tourists year round. With a variety of rooms available (from doubles that are perfect for couples to two bedroom family suites that can sleep up to 6 people), it is the perfect destination for all sorts of travellers. If you’ve picked the inn for your next holiday, you might be wondering what the best attractions in the area are…
1. The 12 Apostles
The region’s most world renowned attraction, the 12 Apostles are only 10 minutes drive from the township. They are giant limestone rocks that have been shaped by nature over millions of years. Sealed walkways take you to the viewing areas with uninterrupted views of the formations.
2. Port Campbell National Park
Stretching from Princetown to Peterborough, covering 1750 hectares of coastal heathland, the park is home to a number of amazing natural sites (including arches, rock stacks, islands and blowholes, not to mention the popular London Bridge and Grotto formations).
3. Loch Ard Gorge
Located 7km from the town, the gorge was the site of a devastating shipwreck in 1878 that killed 52 of the 54 passengers on board. There are several walks around the gorge and natural formations to spot. There is also a set of wooden steps that take you right down to the beach.
Popular fishing spots in the area include Princetown Beach, the Port Campbell Pier and Newfield Bay. Species you’re likely to catch include salmon, trevally, snapper, gummy shark and squid. It’s also possible to book a charter if you want to try deep ocean fishing.
5. Port Campbell Bay
Sheltered from the Southern Ocean swells, the bay makes for a good swimming and wading beach. It is patrolled during the summer season for your peace of mind. Swimming is not recommended at any of the open ocean beaches, as they can grow quite choppy.
6. Loch Ard Shipwreck Museum
Contrary to its name, the museum actually displays artefacts from 5 different vessels that have been wrecked on the surrounding coast – the Schomberg, Loch Ard, Fiji, Newfield and the Falls of Halladale. The museum is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
7. Discover Walk & Lookout
This 3.8km trail offers excellent views across Port Campbell to the township itself and around the coast to Two Mile Bay. It is well signposted – you can either start near the beach (crossing the mouth of Campbells Creek) or follow the signs from the Town Lookout Carpark.
8. Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
Only 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles, the park is home to a variety of Australian wildlife, including: kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, emu, deer and alpacas. There is a new dingo petting area so you can get up close and personal. The park is open daily from 9am to 6pm.
9. Peterborough Golf Course
Located 10km from the town, this golf course offers 9 holes and is open daily for your convenience. Set amongst the dunes with spectacular views of the coast, it’s great for anyone looking to relax. There is an onsite club house but it’s bar only and is not open all the time.
10. Bay of Islands Coastal Park
Stretching from Peterborough to Childers Cove, this park protects 32km of coastal heathland. For great photographic opportunities, head to the Bay of Martyrs. There’s also a track at the eastern end of the carpark that will take you to the shipwreck site of the Fallos of Halladale.
If you’re planning to stay at the Port Campbell Motor Inn or any other hotel in Warrnambool sometime in the near future, we hope that you’ve found the above list of attractions useful in planning your stay. The good news is that there is plenty to see and do year round – you don’t have to plan your stay around summer! The inn also offers a number of amenities for guests to enjoy, including: a swimming pool, an undercover BBQ area, a guest laundry and wireless internet.