Camping On The Princetown Hill Island

Just off the Great Ocean Road in the Port Campbell National Park on the Shipwreck Coast is the Apostles Camping Park is possible the closest place to the 12 Apostles to go camping.

Positioned right in the middle of Princetown across the road from the 12 Apostles Inn, the Apostles Camping Park is on a small hill that is surrounded by the wetlands and Gellibrand River.

This is a very neat and tidy camping park. It is quite small, so it’s best to book ahead. Each campsite is on perfect, bouncing green grass. You can set up a tent, bring your caravan or camper, they even have cabins that you can rent.

Apostles Camping Park

Apostles Camping Park & Cabin Facilites

The Apostles Camping Park facilities are very clean and well kept. Due to this camping park being a bit smaller than the average large caravan parks on the Great Ocean Road, the park operators are able to keep up with the guests and keep this place pristine.

There are showers and toilets that they seem to clean more often than we used them.

If you don’t bring your own cooking gear, no problem, there is a communal kitchenette and barbecue area for you to use.

Camping at Apostles Camping Park
Princetown boardwalk
Eva Camping at Apostles Camping Park

Things To Do In The Area

Princetown is the home of the 12 Apostles and less than seven kilometres from the incredible sandstone towers.

It’s a beautiful little area with a boardwalk through the wetlands, the Gellibrand River where you can launch a kayak or canoe and the river mouth where there’s a rugged beach between huge sandstone cliffs.

The Great Ocean Walk starts about 80kms to the east in Apollo Bay, goes through Princetown and then onto the Apostles. If you take this walk heading west, you’ll get to the Apostles in about two hours, unless you head down an ancient staircase called Gibson Steps to see Gog & Magog from the beach that you’ll go past on the way!

If you drive to the Apostles, heading past them for another few minutes will take you to Loch Ard Gorge, which is a great place to spend a few hours exploring. You can head down into the gorge itself, get a view of three of the Apostles over the Razorback that can’t be seen from the official Apostles viewing area. There are also short walks to Mutton Bird Island, Thunder Cave and Sherbrook River from the Loch Ard Gorge ca park.

Other Places To Stay Nearby

Across the road from the Apostles Camping Park is the 12 Apostles Inn, which has affordable accommodation, otherwise head down to the cricket oval where you can camp next to the Kangaroos at the Princetown Recreation Reserve.

If you’re looking for more options close by, drive for ten minutes to the west (away from Melbourne) to Port Campbell which is one of the most beautiful towns on the Great Ocean Road with loads of accommodation options.

Aire Crossing Campground and Johanna Beach Campground are in the Great Otway National Park. They’re both great campsites and good options if you want somewhere in a national park a bit more remote.