Wetland, heath, tall forest and pelagic opportunities are presented with stunning backdrops and within a short drive or walk from local towns. For international visitors the scale, colour and volume of species is often overwhelming. The main cliff top viewing areas offer opportunities to spot Australasian gannets, wandering albatross, nankeen kestrel and peregrine falcon. A scenic boat trip will yield more for those in search of pelagic species.
The low-slung coastal heath is often alive with twittering and activity look and listen for rufus bristle bird, singing honeyeater, southern emu and superb fairy wrens and the often cheeky grey fantail. Neophemas seasonally sighted in the area include blue winged parrots and all too rarely the rare orange bellied parrot. Guides are available for visitor use at the 12 Apostles Visitor Information Centre – Port Campbell.
Four estuaries break the vertical cliff lines of Port Campbell National Park. These estuaries provide significant wetland habitat for many species and temper the bold seascapes with their broad dune swale and calm water.” Our estuaries provide ample opportunity for boating, canoeing, fishing, bird watching and with due care and observation opportunities to cool off in summer.
For more information about fishing and birdwatching along the Great Ocean Road check out the Visit 12 Apostles website www.visit12apostles.com.au