The answer to the all-important travel question – what is the best time to visit the 12 Apostles? 

The 12 Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks that rise from the Southern Ocean off the coast of Victoria, Australia. They are a highlight of any drive along the Great Ocean Road and have become one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. These incredible rock formations attract visitors from all over the world.

However, when planning a trip to the 12 Apostles, it’s important to consider the best time to visit. There are a few factors that can make a big difference to making the most of your experience. The best time to visit the 12 Apostles depends on a variety of factors, including weather, crowds, and the natural beauty of the area. Here we explore each of these factors to determine the best time to visit the 12 Apostles.


The weather on the coastline around the 12 Apostles can be quite unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from warm and sunny to cold and wet. The summer months of December to February are typically the warmest and driest. This means it is a great time to visit if you are looking for sunny weather.

However, it’s worth noting that this is also the peak tourist season and you will likely encounter summer crowds. In winter you will need to be prepared for windy and cold conditions. Bring a good jacket and be prepared with rain-proof clothing as well. At this time of year you will often be one of just a few visitors to the 12 Apostles Lookout so it is ideal for a less-crowded experience.

However, we recommend the in-between seasons as this is when the weather is not so extreme. In Spring or Autumn you will likely encounter some fair weather (but still be prepared for the cold wind).

Crowds at the 12 Apostles

The 12 Apostles are a popular tourist destination, so it’s no surprise that they can get quite busy. This is especially true during peak tourist season in summer. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit during March to May or September to November. These months typically have fewer visitors. Making it easier to enjoy the natural beauty of the area without having to fight for a good viewing spot.

Natural Beauty

The 12 Apostles are a stunning natural wonder and there’s no bad time to visit. However, different times of the year offer different experiences. For example, the winter months of June to August are known for their rough and wild seas. Making for a more dramatic and awe-inspiring view of the Apostles and ocean. It’s the time of year where you can see why the region was known as the Shipwreck Coast. In spring and autumn, the greenery of the surrounding countryside is in full bloom. Adding vibrant colour to the already-stunning landscape.

In conclusion, the best time to visit the 12 Apostles really does depend on what experience you want to have. If you prefer warm and sunny weather, it’s best to visit during the summer months of December to February. But if you want to avoid the crowds, visit during the shoulder seasons of March to May or September to November. If you’re looking for impressive and awe-inspiring views of natural, visit during the winter months of June to August.

Regardless of when you visit, the 12 Apostles are sure to take your breath away. A trip to the 12 Apostles is an unforgettable experience that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. If you choose to travel on a Great Ocean Road tour with Go West we will ensure that your trip is as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

Visiting the 12 Apostles with Go West Tours

Go West Tours offers two unique tours that take you to the 12 Apostles. Both tours operate year-round – meaning you can choose what is the best time for you to visit the 12 Apostles.

Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour

This tour is designed to showcase the beauty of the Great Ocean Road in a more personal and sustainable way. Our group sizes are maximum 24 people and the tour visits many landmarks.

Sunset Tour of the Great Ocean Road.

As the name suggests, this tour is designed to take advantage of the stunning sunsets that are a highlight of a visit to the Great Ocean Road. You’ll visit the 12 Apostles at sunset and enjoy the breathtaking views as the sun dips below the horizon.

Both of these tours are operated by experienced and knowledgeable guides who are passionate about the Great Ocean Road. They’ll provide you with an understanding of the significance of the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. With plenty of laughs and entertainment thrown in along the way.


Written by: Leah Furey – Digital Content Coordinator