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Free drop off service for Great Ocean Walk

Enjoying the Princetown to Twelve Apostles stretch of the Great Ocean Walk is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to a free bus drop off service.

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From this Monday (Feb 15) a bus will pick up people at the entrance to the Twelve Apostles car park and drop them at Princetown to enjoy the majestic 7km return walk.

Twelve Apostles Tourism and Business Association (TATBA) executive member Lauren Finlayson said the initiative was expected to boost overnight stays. She said the service was prioritised in the 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland Destination Action Plan.

“As good as this is for visitors in terms of prolonging their stay and boosting our off peak months, we’re also expecting many locals to enjoy the service which is great,” she said.

“It’s exciting to have something new and different to offer. People are always looking for recreational ways to enjoy the Port Campbell National Park and this new service provides an opportunity that most people can achieve and enjoy.”

Ms Finlayson said the bus would depart the Twelve Apostles car park every weekday (excluding public holidays) during school terms at 7.30am, bound for Princetown.

“We’re very lucky that Popes Timboon has an empty coach going past on its way to Princetown where it starts its school run and that Popes have very kindly agreed to stop and provide the pick-up and drop off service at no expense,” she said.

“Lots of people have been instrumental in making this happen, from Corangamite Shire, to Parks Victoria and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism. It has come together really well.”

Princetown General Store and Cafe owner Sharyn Bennett said the town’s wetland boardwalk that led to the Great Ocean Walk was spectacular in the mornings. “There are kangaroos grazing on the river flats and plenty of birdlife which is going to thrill the international visitors,” she said.

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism general manager Liz Price said the walk from Princetown to the Twelve Apostles was a must do.

“To be able to leave your car at the Twelve Apostles, catch a bus to Princetown and walk back along our iconic coastline with the sun on your back is a wonderful thing,” she said.

“The morning timing of the service is ideal from an economic perspective, from a visitor perspective and from an industry perspective in terms of bolstering off peak visitation.”

No bookings are required for individuals and small groups of up to eight people. Larger groups over eight people should contact the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre on 5598 2500 or visit www.visit12apostles.com.au

2 Comments
  • Mark Cuthell
    Posted at 15:03h, 13 February

    Best time of day for this walk with photo opportunities jumping out at you from the moment you step onto the Princetown boardwalk and begin your adventure.
    Stop in for coffee or brekky at the Princetown General Store and cafe and take your time on the 7km walk back to the car.
    The slow reveal of the 12 Apostles is a distinctive feature of this final section of the Great Ocean Walk. Snippet views around high headlands and wooded escarpments build to a fitting climax beyond Clifton Beach as the true scale and detail of the sea stacks are unveiled to walkers.
    Walk or run with joy!!

  • Deb Howlett
    Posted at 13:25h, 18 February

    Brilliant initiative! Hope I find a spare day to take advantage of it.