The highlight of my day touring the Great Ocean Road was a walk along the 12 Apostles. Years of crashing waves and erosion have left a collection of limestone pillars along Australia’s Southeast coast, and they sure are something to admire. Although I didn’t see all of them, (there are 8 still standing) I did enjoy a few while on my photo walk along the 12 Apostles.
Here’s what I saw:
Beyond A Walk Along the 12 Apostles
If you are lucky enough to be road tripping down the Great Ocean Road be sure to check out nearby attactions such as the Shipwreck Coast and the Shipwreck Discovery trail. This 130 KM streach of coastline was once said to be the most feared section of Australia’s shores for ships to navigate. With 638 shipwrecks (that are known) in the area, it is easy to back up this claim.
No wreck site is more famous than Loch Ard Gorge. At this scenic spot on a stormy night in June 1878, fifty-two of fifty-four souls perished in the wreck of Loch Ard. Survivors Eva Carmichael and Thomas R. Pearce found shelter in this secluded sandy bay and is now one of the most popular pit stops along the Great Ocean Road.
Australia’s Beauty at its Best
A walk along the 12 Apostles is more than worth the four and half hour drive from Melbourne and should not be missed on any road trip around Australia. To ensure you are covered on your trip and in the event of a wreck of your own be sure to sign up for some roadside assistance, especially if you are heading to the outback!
A Walk Along the 12 Apostles Good to Know
Visitor Center Hours: 9:00-17:00
Don’t Miss: A walk down to the beach for a different perspective!
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