Don’t like arriving at a destination unprepared? Then meet Tanya from Anchors Port Campbell, someone who leaves nothing to chance while prepping guests on all that this magical part of the Great Ocean Road has to offer.
The booking confirmation for our overnight stay in one of Anchor’s three secluded villas is accompanied by maps and website links to Great Ocean Road’s regional highlights including the iconic 12 Apostles which is just 12 kms down the road and a guide to the local gourmet trail. https://issuu.com/greatoceanroadregionaltourism/docs/12370_a6_12_apostles_guide_interact/1 www.visit12apostles.com.au
“In and around Port Campbell and along the Shipwreck Coast, there are many rock formations to view whether it’s climbing down the Gibson Steps for a waterside view of The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Bridge, The Bay of Islands and The Bay of Martyrs” said Tanya while including the national & coastal parks’ website www.parkweb.vic.gov.au for good measure.
Set on a charming horseshoe-shaped bay, Port Campbell has everything a small fishing village needs. Surf and gift shops rub shoulders with cute cafes. Local fishermen catch tangy rock lobsters, Karoa Restaurant serves popular Mediterranean fare while 12 Rocks restaurant, occupying prime position at the end of silvery Port Campbell Bay, is a local favourite. While the town offers a range of accommodation, Anchors Port Campbell set on 30 acres of private land offers romantic seclusion, luxe fittings and tech toys. Light from floor-to-ceiling windows floods the open plan living zone furnished in sleek monochromatics. A small step up and get ready to snuggle under 1100 thread count Egyptian cotton linen on a king size bed while the spa bath, positioned for privacy, offers a distant panorama of a Southern Ocean that glimmers in the decollete of voluptuously rolling hills. It’s the perfect respite from the ‘rock and awe’ of the Shipwreck Coast that for 27 kms, hugs a tempestuous coastline from Princetown to Peterborough.
Get Ready to Ramble
Sandy coastal walks meander along Port Campbell National Park’s dynamic Shipwreck Coast, a place of sheer cliffs and rock stacks, islets and inlets, gorges, arches and blow holes. In 1878, Captain Gibb set full sails to turn the ‘Loch Ard’ away from danger but wind and treacherous current curried the ship towards the cliffs before it was crushed by the rocks. Taking us close to the edge of a coastline that’s under constant attack from water pushing to find the weakest point, the Shipwreck Walk to Loch Ard Gorge hugs indented headlands revealing caves and caramel sandy coves.
Further along, the 3.3 km Bay of Islands Coastal Park includes the Bay of Martyrs where a group of tourists have followed the wooden steps down to a pristine beach to feel the sand between their toes in this wild and magical spot. The Halladale Point track is a half-hour discovery of the Halladale shipwreck and a spot to look for the rare Hooded Plover amongst the natural heathland.
At every turn, huge, wave-sculpted rock stacks jut into the sea that when partially collapsed will form another dramatic stack symbolic of this wildly unpredictable coastline. Over millennia, rising and falling seas revealed then concealed a vast plain bridging Victoria and Tasmania and even today, the mesmerising motion of breaking waves continues to sculpt new headlands that, like the shipwrecked sailors of old, lure you to the shores of the Great Ocean Road.
Anchors Port Campbell is at 2549 Cobden-Port Campbell Rd. Port Campbell 0417434400
They also have a property in town that sleeps 12 and is ideal for inter-generational family holidays or groups of friends. www.anchorsportcampbell.com.au
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