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The Great Ocean Road – Day 3

by on Nov.10, 2010, under The Great Ocean Road

Nov 10, 2010

This day would be just packed with all the great things that you can see on the Great Ocean Road. We started from Princetown towards the Port Campbell National Park. First stop: the Gibsons Steps.

Of course we were unable to resist the urge and went down to the beach.

A lot of steps later we set foot on the beach and got a first impression what all the beaches and cliffs around here look like.

We continued to the probably best-known attraction of the Great Ocean Road – the Twelve Apostles and took a stroll to the viewing platform.

To better understand the geological process look at this foreshore rock that might sometime in the future become an apostle itself after millions of years of erosion by wind and sea:

Twelve Apostels - future Apostle?

Twelve Apostels - future Apostle?

If so, someone will have to relocate the viewing platform or people will have get on these annoying scenic helicopter flights that are buzzing around all the time.

See the following short clip to vaguely grasp the atmosphere of the area:

On our way to the Loch Ard Gorge we were surprised to see some burnt areas – although this region was supposed to be completely safe from bushfire. Never trust a travel guide ..

Bushfire close to the ocean

Bushfire close to the ocean

A few of the apostles are hidden from the main viewing platforms, still make up for a great view when you take the time to see them along the way on one of the many, many walks.

To be honest, I cannot remember exactly if those were apostles or not .. anyway, nice rocks! 🙂

The Loch Ard Gorge was our next stop. It is named after the ship „Loch Ard“ that was wrecked there just upon the coastline. All passengers but 2 were killed. One of the two, a young man, managed to swim to the shore, then heard the screams of the other one, a young lady. He swam out to rescue her and, risking his life, struggled an hour in the sea, but eventually saved her. We went on to the beach where the two lucky fellows made ground contact with Australia.

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

Enjoy a scenery view of the gorge from the beach:

Nearby you can find this wonderful sea cave and a small, but interesting arch:

Again, I cannot remember exactly if the sea cave is the Lord Arch Blowhole. It was just six weeks ago .. too much to see and to do „down under“ to memorize it all appropriately.. 😉

A short stop at the Loch Ard Cemetery revealed the gravestones of the only four bodies that could be salvaged and properly buried after the „Loch Ard“ sank.

There are a lot of these sad stories associated with the south east coast of Australia, far more than 100 ships suffered a similar fate.

We rushed on to The Arch, it was already getting late and still so much to see ..

The Arch

The Arch

Watching the waves crushing into this formation gives you a hint what erosion does over elongated periods of time. That must have been what Inka was wondering raptly while watching ..

Cutie on the Great Ocean Road

Cutie on the Great Ocean Road

Take a look at the waves yourself:

Next stop: London Bridge – in the sunset.

The London Bridge in the sunset

The London Bridge in the sunset

One of its arches collapsed a few years ago with two spectators trapped on the remaining arch. They got rescued by a hellacopter – maybe one of those tourist hellacopters was put to good use at last? 🙂

After a mostly clouded day we were lucky to see some sunlight. It makes the colors of the rocks and the ocean so more beautiful as you can see in the following beach impressions:

And the coast is just stuffed with this – isn’t it simply amazing?

Our last stop of the day was The Grotto, an unique formation eroded into the rocks.

We concluded the day here enjoying a wonderful sunset ..

Yes, this day was full of highlights and amazing scenery. Every reason to be happy! 🙂

King of the hill!

King of the hill!

Oops .. please don’t tell anyone how often we went off the given tracks! 😉

We found an acceptable campsite in Peterborough and stayed there for the night – that means we only made about 50 km’s per day.

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