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The Twelve Apostles along Victoria's Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles along Victoria's Great Ocean Road

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On my way to the Twelve Apostles, a road accident on the Shipwreck Coast closed the Great Ocean Road between Apollo Bay and Lavers Hill and I had to struggle through dusty dirt roads in the Melba Gully State Park.

Finally I was back on the Great Ocean Road -- and more than four hours out of Melbourne, because of the unexpected detour -- I was on that stretch of coast from around Princetown through Port Campbell to Peterborough.

Here I found some of the most awe-inspiring rock formations, on the coast and towering out of the sea: the Gibson Steps, the Twelve Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge, the London Arch and the Grotto.

The London Arch was previously known as the London Bridge because it used to look like that London landmark. Unfortunately, the arch nearest the shore collapsed in 1990 and the bridge was no more.

Who'd want to visit a sow?

The Twelve Apostles are huge limestone rock formations separated from the cliff shore by the action of wind and waves. You won’t see 12 of these rock formations all at once, as they say some may be hidden from view from any of the vantage points. Some say as well that there are no longer 12 rock formations, because one or two (or as many as five) may have been eroded away.

I understand this group of rocks were once called the Sow and Piglets but who’d travel 300 kilometres to see a sow and her brood?

Anyway, the Twelve Apostles are a great sight and more than make up for the trip from Melbourne. Then there are the other rock formations such as London Bridge (which, of course, is falling down) and the Loch Ard Gorge in the area where the iron-hulled clipper the Loch Ard was driven onto the rocks and only two of the about 50 on board survived.

By then it was almost nightfall and I cut north to the Princes Highway for a fast, dull, uneventful trip back to Melbourne.

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