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Today was the second part of the Great Ocean Road. We didn’t think yesterday could be beaten, we were wrong.

We arrived at the 12 Apostles, the car park full of visitors, vans and buses. There is a walkway under the road and plenty of viewing platforms. You can not get the full impact of this vision from these photo’s. The sheer cliff faces are huge, people walking along the beach are so tiny and the majestic out crops are being eroded by each wave.

Another item marked off my "bucket list" The 12 Apostles.

Another item marked off my “bucket list” The 12 Apostles.

With easy walkways around you get the best views.

With easy walkways around you get the best views.

 

Can you see the tiny people on the beach? Double click so you can see better.

Can you see the tiny people on the beach? Double click so you can see better

The helicopters are in full swing with tourists lined up for the ride of a life time along this magnificent coast.

From there we moved along to The Razor Back. The parking is easy and the walks are well worth it. They say 1.2 million people drive along this road each year to witness this natural FREE beauty.

The Razorback.

The Razorback.

There is also a Shipwreck guide as many ships lost the battle against these cliffs. The Loch Ard was one of them when in 1878 it lost all but 2 of it’s 58 people on board. 18 year old Eva Carmicheal, one of a family of eight Irish immigrants, and ship’s apprentice Tom Pearce. They both ended up here in this gorge. After Tom rescued Eva he climbed out to search for help. When you look at this gorge with it’s steps down to the beach picture it back then when he would have had to climb sheer walls and then travel through
vegetation to find help.

Loch Ard beautiful now but death to others.

Loch Ard beautiful now but death to others.

 

To enter the gorge now is easy, with stairs conveniently situated.

To enter the gorge now is easy, with stairs conveniently situated.

Only 4 bodies were found, 2 of them came from Eva’s family. They were buried here in this cemetery just up from the gorge.

One of two grave's for the 4 bodies found.

One of two grave’s for the 4 bodies found.

The London Bridge would have looked different when Mum & Dad were here in 1981 because in 1990 the attaching piece broke away stranding 2 people on the outcrop.

London Bridge now.

London Bridge now.

 

London Bridge before 1990

London Bridge before 1990

 

Double click to read about how quickly these arches can fall.

Double click to read about how quickly these arches can fall.

When you look at how fragile this sand and stone is, it’s a wonder it isn’t eroding a lot faster.

It doesn't take to much to wear this away.

It doesn’t take to much to wear this away.

 

We had hoped to get further along but constantly stopping has a way of upsetting your plans. But this didn’t bother us as this place is too beautiful to miss any of it.

We stopped the night at Warrnambool showgrounds. It is in the camp 6 book but the council is shutting it down. The caretaker is suppose to stop people but like he said “They keep coming in”

With power and water I was busy washing while Chris tried to stop a rattle in the back of the ute. He thinks it’s one of the tools. Chris had been fighting the wind all day against the van and the locals had welcomed us to “Windy Warrnambool” so hoping tomorrow is easier as the wind will be on our back.

 

 

 

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