The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Grotto and The Arch


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November 22nd 2006
Published: November 22nd 2006
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Day 9: Exploring the 12 apostles, Lock Ard Gorge, Grotto and The Arch. These magnificent rock features were sculpted by the powerful force of the sea that began 10 to 20 millions of years ago. These geographic wonders are the remnants from the constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland caused by the stormy wind and crushing waves of the Southern ocean. There are now only 8 rock stacks still left standing out of 12 as the ocean starts to reclaim its creation. The 9th monolith collapsed and devoured by the sea only July last year. One must really see these natural wonders before they’re forever vanished from the face of the earth. Boardwalks and viewing platforms were built by “Parks Victoria” for easy access to these awesome sights. There are also staircases to the Grotto and to the beach of Loch Ard Gorge. History has it that 54 souls perished in the 1878 Loch Ard shipwreck (where the Gorge derived its name).

It was such a wonderful feeling being immersed in such natural beauty. The taste of the salty sea air, the crispness of the cool breeze and coarse texture of the sand as I walked on
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along the Great Ocean Road just off Port Campbell
the beach of Loch Ard. At the beach, freezing dash of waves coming through the mouth of the gorge literally almost swept me off my feet. Although it was an invigorating experience, danger is lurking where one can easily be engulfed by the rip tides from the shore.


Day 10: Our car started to play up. It was leaking radiator fluid and heating up. Diagnosis - broken waterpump ! We spent most of the day relaxing on the beach of Port Campbell while our car is getting fixed.

Day 11: We felt like we've already holidayed out so we decided to head back home. As we approached the township of Colac, our car started to heat up again. Diagnosis - cracked headgasket ! We had to stay for another 5 days 'til our car is in good working condition to drive for 2500km back to Queensland. It's like forces of nature don't want us to go back home yet. In a way, things worked out well for us 'coz we've been provided with accommodation and a car hire from Hertz all expense paid by our insurance. Our extended holiday gave us more opportunity to explore
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along the Great Ocean Road just off Port Campbell
the Otway National Park, township of Lorne and check-out the waterfalls.



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