Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

One of the icons of tourism in Australia is the Great Ocean Road and in particular the Twelve Apostles.  We travelled down from the Central Coast via Albury to our base for the trip at Torquay, Victoria.

Our first day on the road we headed straight to The Apostles for sunrise (via Colac as it was quicker than the coastal route).  Well worth the early morning.

From the info centre at Princetown it is an easy walk along a sealed pathway to the ideal viewing point for the 12 Apostles. Your first view is from the small staircase leading to a boardwalk.  There are several viewing points along the way, each giving you a different aspect of these limestone columns.  There are only 7 apostles left and you can understand why as you watch the wave pounding into the shore.  Here are some more early morning photos.

And because we couldn’t get enough of them – here are some more.

As a celebration of a significant birthday of mine, we indulged in a helicopter flight over the apostles and down as far as the London Bridge rock formation (more on this later).

Rod climbed down the Gibson Steps to the beach just east of The Apostles where you can walk along to the two formations called Gog and Magog and, if the tide is right you can get a beach-side view of The Apostles.

Continuing West along The Great Ocean Road, we stopped at Loch Ard Gorge, named after the ship Loch Ard that was wrecked against Muttonbird Island in 1878.

London Bridge was originally connected to the mainland and had two arches.  However, in January 1990 the first arch collapsed into the sea.  Fortunately, no-one was injured but two people had to be rescued by helicopter after being marooned on the new island.

From there it was on to The Grotto.  There is a boardwalk leading to a viewing platform and then stairs down to the beach and The Grotto.

We travelled from there to Warnambool for lunch at the fish co-op.  Its a large town and has many attractions and one could spend a few days there if you had the time.  Great whale-watching town in the right season, it has a number of beaches, an adventure fun park, a maritime village and more.  From there we stared to make our way back to The Apostles for sunset stopping at The Bay of Islands and The Bay of Martyrs.

The Bay of Martyrs

The Bay of Islands

To end the day we came back to the Apostles and were rewarded with a spectacular display of nature at its best.

We travelled back to Torquay via Colac.  A big day but worth every minute.

The next day we explored the eastern end of The Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Cape Ottway.  (Photos etc to follow)

 

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