Princetown

Travel Guide
Twelve Apostles featuring a sunset and views as well as a small group of people

Encircled by national parks and some of Victoria’s most famous natural wonders, this small coastal village offers a quiet retreat near to beaches, wetlands and lush forests.

Princetown is a small township perched on a hilltop bordered by the meandering Gellibrand River, a short distance from the Great Ocean Road and the magnificent Twelve Apostles. Close to coastal Port Campbell and the verdant eucalyptus forests of the Great Otway National Park, Princetown is a great spot to base your trip to some of the region’s most stunning natural attractions.

In Princetown’s small centre, find a welcoming pub that also functions as a general store, post office and hotel. Surrounded by a lush river estuary and wetlands, Princetown is a haven for native fauna, especially birdlife. This region is connected to the Great Ocean Walk via pretty wetland boardwalks. This 104-kilometre (64.6-mile) hiking track follows the coast and leads past historical landmarks and beautiful secluded beaches.

Princetown’s beaches are a few minutes’ walk away from the village, down a riverbank track that leads away from the national park camping area. These beaches have large undercurrents and dangerous reefs, often creating excellent surf breaks for experienced surfers. Use extreme caution if you swim or surf at these beaches, as they are not patrolled by lifeguards.

Don’t miss a trip to see the breathtaking Twelve Apostles when visiting this end of the Great Ocean Road. The stunning offshore limestone stacks are one of the region’s most famous attractions and offer pleasant coastal walks to beautiful lookouts and more natural formations. Located 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) west of Princetown, the Twelve Apostles are also near to the vertical cliffs of the Gibson Steps and the Loch Ard Gorge. Explore verdant temperate rainforest at the Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, also located close by.

Princetown is approximately 4-hours’ drive from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, and just under 3 hours from Torquay. Camp in Princetown’s magnificent National Park camping sites or book a night or two at a cosy seaside cabin. Make the most of the region’s beaches in summer or visit in any season to experience the many faces of native Australian bushland, including springtime wildflowers and winter wattles.

Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat
Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat
3.5 out of 5
314 Booringa Road, Princetown, VIC
The price is £77 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated by the ocean, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Port Campbell National Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre and ...
3.8/5 Good! (379 reviews)
"Very cosy and cute. The self check in was fantastic and we loved the location and it made checking out the 12 apostles at sunset (which are only just down the road) so easy!"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2021

Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat
12 Apostles Cottages
12 Apostles Cottages
3.5 out of 5
7711 Great Ocean Road Road, Princetown, VIC
The price is £77 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Princetown Wildlife Reserve, Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park. Twelve ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (318 reviews)
Fantastic views
"The accommodation is lovely. Wonderful views. A fantastic getaway."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2021

12 Apostles Cottages
Clifton Beach Lodge
Clifton Beach Lodge
3 out of 5
22 Hebs Track, Princetown, VIC
Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port Campbell National Park and Great Otway National Park. Gibson Beach and Clifton Beach are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"Nice, restful and quiet close to 12 Apostles Princetown tavern and cafe were closed while we were there but Port Campbell was only down the road"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

Clifton Beach Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
12 Apostles Cottages
12 Apostles Cottages
3.5 out of 5
7711 Great Ocean Road Road, Princetown, VIC
The price is £77 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Princetown Wildlife Reserve, Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park. Twelve ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (318 reviews)
Fantastic views
"The accommodation is lovely. Wonderful views. A fantastic getaway."

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2021

12 Apostles Cottages
Clifton Beach Lodge
Clifton Beach Lodge
3 out of 5
22 Hebs Track, Princetown, VIC
Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port Campbell National Park and Great Otway National Park. Gibson Beach and Clifton Beach are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"Nice, restful and quiet close to 12 Apostles Princetown tavern and cafe were closed while we were there but Port Campbell was only down the road"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

Clifton Beach Lodge
Twelve Apostles Ocean View
Twelve Apostles Ocean View
1200 Melrose Rd, Princetown, VIC
Located by the sea, this family-friendly holiday home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Great Otway National Park, Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, and Clifton ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Amazing Views
"This property has the most amazing views. The house is super comfortable, bedding, sheets and towels all spotless. The owner Jason was great with his communications, not that we needed to contact him during our stay as everything was in great working order. We would love to return to this little ..."

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2022

Twelve Apostles Ocean View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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