Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell, Australia

To say that my visits to the southern coast of Australia on the Great Ocean Road was one of the most incredible places I have ever been is an understatement.  The entire road is about 150 miles long and starts near Torquay Beach (near where I golfed with the kangaroos) and goes west towards Warnambool.  The landscape changes from lush rain forests with mountains gently meeting the ocean to limestone cliffs meeting rough seas.

These photos, of the limestone cliffs near Port Campbell, are unfortunately not the best quality as my negatives were damaged.

There are many named formations such as The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.

London Bridge pre 1990 Collapse
London Bridge pre 1990 Collapse

I was fortunate enough to see London bridge in 1989 before it collapsed in January of 1990.

London Bridge after 1990 Collapse
London Bridge after 1990 Collapse

The collapse of London Bridge, now the London Arch, made the top news stories as several people were trapped on the new island and had to be rescued by helicopter.  Fortunately, no one was injured.

Part of the 12 Apostles
Part of the 12 Apostles

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Great Ocean Road.  When I was visiting, only 9 were left and another one has collapsed in 2012 leaving only 8.

Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge

The Loch Ard Gorge is named after the ship Loch Ard the ran aground nearby and the only 2 survivors were able to swim in to this beautiful beach area.

One could spend a whole day just visiting the sites around Port Campbell and not even touching the other 100 miles of shore line.  It was incredible watching the power of the ocean, watching crashing waves explode 40 feet into the air.  If you go there, pay attention to the many warning signs stating people have been washed to sea from this spot.

No words or photos can describe what I consider a rare wonder of the world.

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