Why are we called Sow & Piglets?​

...and why are they called the Twelve Apostles?

Why Sow & Piglets Beer?

What are now universally known as the Twelve Apostles were originally named, “The Sow and Piglets.” The Sow was Mutton Bird Island, which stands at the mouth of Loch Ard Gorge, and her Piglets were the 12 Apostles. 

Being a Port Campbell beer, Sow & Piglets Breweries is an homage to these local landmarks.

When were the 12 apostles ‘found’?

The Twelve Apostles were obviously discovered by the local aboriginals, but an English man, George Bass also saw the 12 Apostles in January 1798 and then named them ’The Sow And The Piglets’. Superintendent (and later to become Victoria’s first Governor) Charles La Trobe’s map dated 1846  also shows them as the Sow and Piglets, and included a lot more than 12 stacks, including lots of smaller ones.

How many of the 12 apostles are still standing?

When they were christened the 12 Apostles by Victorian tourism in the 1920s, there were only nine in the cluster. Now there’s eight. And with the rapid rate of erosion, it is forecast that this number will reduce even further. And there are actually many more spectacular limestone formations along the wild coastline.

When did the Twelve Apostles collapse?

The last time one of the Twelve Apostles collapsed was in July 2005. In 1990 two tourists were stranded on the outer part of London Bridge – another limestone formation off the Great Ocean Road – after one of its two arches collapsed

How were the 12 Apostles formed?

The apostles were formed by erosion: The harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 50 metres high.

How long have the 12 apostles been around?

The process began around 10-20 million years ago and the harsh weather conditions gradually eroded the cliffs into caves which eroded further into arches and eventually collapsed, creating the stacks seen today.

How are the Twelve Apostles protected?

The iconic golden cliffs and crumbling pillars of the Twelve Apostles can be found 7km east of Port Campbell. They are protected by the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park which covers 7500ha and runs along 17km of stunning coastline.

Where can I see the 12 apostles?

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, along Australia’s famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria. The closest town is Port Campbell.