Great Ocean Road 3: The Twelve Apostles

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The second day would take us along the most spectacular stretches of the Great Ocean Road. Port Campbell National Park has the most spectacular landscapes along this stretch of coast. The rocks consist of soft ochre-coloured sandstone that forms vertical cliffs. The waves in their eternal pulse are chewing at them and have formed bizarre gorges, caves, arches, and towers. This landscape is constantly changing.

Everyone has heard of the Twelve Apostles but there is so much more. We visited only a few of the best-known spots.

The Great Ocean Road can in theory be \'done\' as a day trip from Melbourne to see the Twelve Apostles. Tour companies advertise it as such, but I have no understanding for that. It would be a shame to race through in one day and back and miss most of it.

The worse the weather, the better the photos.
Day tourists will see the Twelve Apostles and long stretches of road without views, and hardly anything else.

The spectacular coastline west of Cape Otway cannot be enjoyed from the car. The road is too far inland to offer any view of the cliffs. You have to stop at the viewpoints and walk a bit to see something, and there are many worthwhile viewpoints. This takes time. Slow down. Loch Ard Gorge alone deserves half a day.

My advice is: Take your time. I\'d recommend a minimum of three days from Melbourne/Geelong to Warrnambool or Port Fairy. Even then you\'ll have to make choices what to see and what to miss.

The Twelve Apostles


The rock in front is the one that crumbled soon after.
.. have not been twelve any more for a long time. When we visited in March 2005 there were eight of them. Only about six or eight weeks later, one of them collapsed.

Actually there is not much need to write about these rocks, as everybody who travels the Great Ocean Road has heard of them. Their photo is in all travel guides and coffeetable books.

You will not see them from the road. Park in the parking lot, which is clearly marked, and walk over to the cliff\'s edge. There is a safe walkway with platforms to enjoy the views from.

It was a mixed day with sunshine and rain showers so light and colours changed all the time. I\'m inclined to remark that the worse the weather, the better and the more dramatic your photos will be.

My pictures are of historical value. One of the Apostles is no more. A few weeks after our visit the rock collapsed. All there is left now is a pile of rubble.

I could sit there on the edge and watching the waves rolling in for hours. Somehow this landscape view is a symbol of our life. The everlasting pulse of the waves tells of eternity, the crumbling cliffs show the transitoriness of our earthly existence.

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Foot of the cliff
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