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PrincetownAustralia

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.

Top hotels in Princetown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat
Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat
3.5 out of 5
314 Booringa Road, Princetown, VIC
AU$100
per night
12 Apr. - 13 Apr.

Situated by the ocean, this motel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Port Campbell National Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre and ...

3.8/5Good! (356 reviews)

"Fabulous.Friendly and helpful staff who introduced a lot to me about attractions nearby filling my trip. Had great breakfast after sunrise watch ,highlight of the journey. Quiet and clean ."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Twelve Apostles Motel & Country Retreat
12 Apostles Cottages
12 Apostles Cottages
3.5 out of 5
7711 Great Ocean Road Road, Princetown, VIC
Free Cancellation
AU$145
per night
14 Apr. - 15 Apr.

Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Moonlight Head, Twelve Apostles and Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park. Port Campbell National ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (310 reviews)

"Excellent country location and hosts were extremely cordial"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

12 Apostles Cottages
Clifton Beach Lodge
Clifton Beach Lodge
3 out of 5
22 Hebs Track, Princetown, VIC
AU$155
per night
1 May - 2 May

Situated by the ocean, this cottage is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Twelve Apostles and within 6 miles (10 km) of Port Campbell National Park and Moonlight Head. Great ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (70 reviews)

"Great location for getting to the 12 Apostles. The property is in a scenic setting and the cabin was well equipped."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Clifton Beach Lodge

Popular activities in Princetown

Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles

4.5/5(153 reviews)

Appearing to proceed solemnly around the Shipwreck Coast of Victoria, these colossal limestone formations are a breathtaking sight to behold on the Great Ocean Road.

Bay of Martyrs
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Bay of Martyrs

4.5/5(189 reviews)

Gaze out over a jagged coastline of limestone crags and offshore rock stacks in this starkly picturesque bay that’s ideal for birdwatching as you stroll along the beach.

Top activities in Princetown

Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$129
Per adult
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

96% of travellers recommend
AU$135
Per adult
Small Group 2-Day Great Ocean Rd & Phillip Island Excursion
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Small Group 2-Day Great Ocean Rd & Phillip Island Excursion

100% of travellers recommend
AU$275
Per adult
Great Ocean Road Eco-Friendly Day Tour with Lunch (Reverse)
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Great Ocean Road Eco-Friendly Day Tour with Lunch (Reverse)

88% of travellers recommend
AU$145
Per adult
Reverse Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour with Lunch
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Reverse Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour with Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
AU$145
Per adult
The Great Ocean Road private 1 day tour
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The Great Ocean Road private 1 day tour

AU$1,088
Per adult

Reviews of Princetown

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jan. 2020

Good location to see 12 Apostles at sunrise

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

26 Nov. 2019

Worst experience ever. They need to clean the rooms after people check-out. Not re-use the sheets for the next customers.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Oct. 2019

Easy drive to the 12 Apostles from here. Lovely foresty/beachy town. Great place to stay while on the Great Ocean Road.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Sep. 2019

Had dinner at the Tavern. Very obliging host and great Pizzas. Being off-season, there were few guests (mid-August) but I imagine it would be very sociable with tourists and locals during the warmer months.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

23 Aug. 2019

Township poor

4/5 - Good

Vossos

27 Jun. 2019

Small but the lovely