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First one last image of the 12 Apostles.

Back in days of yore, visitors were allowed

to walk out to the very end of this Apostle

which is still joined to the mainland.

Maybe after London Bridge collapsed

barriers were erected here

to keep visitors safe.

Loch Ard Gorge from ground level.

…and in the Gorge.

I have never felt so disinclined to walk around

the Gorge as I did on that day.

I was wondering if I would be able

to climb back up the steps so

oppressive waas the heat.

Radio was stating 44 degrees Celsius that day.

On the sand, out of any breeze,

your guess would be as good as mine.

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12 Apostles

Great Ocean Road

Port Campbell Victoria.

 

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12 Apostles

Great Ocean Road

Port Campbell Victoria.

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Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

Point Lonsdale

Victoria

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Lochard Gorge

Lochard Gorge is named after the ship Loch Ard which ran aground in a stormy night losing all souls aboard except for Eva Carmichael and Tom Pearce (both 18 years old) who managed to swim ashore, ending up in the gorge.  There is a small cemetery nearby where crew members and passengers whose bodies were recovered are buried.

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It quite easy to descend into the gorge via a set of relatively recently constructed steps. Once down it is easy to get some idea of the difficulties facing Eva and Tom on a stormy winter’s night.
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On this day with the bitumen in the road and car park melting under the blazing sun and sticking to the soles of my sneakers, two of my Canadian visitors opted to remain in the comfort of my car.

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So it was that my Canadian friend, of nearly forty years descended into a cauldron of blistering heat which was devoid of any breeze and, I am sure, ten degrees hotter than the car park.

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On any other day I would have happily explored the caves. However, with loose burning sand beneath my feet, the thought of climbing out of the gorge left me searching for the shade on the north side of the gorge searching for oxygen – hot or cold would do!

It is only a short drive to Port Campbell where we stopped long enough to re-hydrate and cool down a little…..okay we stopped at a pub! My Canadian friends would have called it a Bar. It was only a short stop, before heading inland for the two hour drive home after an enjoyable, but extremely hot, day.

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Phot opp

The scenery along the Great Ocean Road can be breath taking and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the drive.

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When I first visited this area there was a rough car parking area and only natural footpaths.

In recent years a modern car park and conveniences have been built on the inland side of the Great Ocean Road adjacent to the heliport.

Visitors have a five to ten minute walk, crossing under the Great Ocean Road, to reach the Twelve Apostles. In the 40 degree Celsius heat we experienced that day the walk seemed much longer……or is it that my legs are ageing? gor-18A

Once out of the underpass it is a short, easy walk on a boardwalk to the Apostle still joined to the mainland. From this vantage point many Twelve Apostles images have been taken by visitors from all over the world.

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In the photo below you can see that there was a path right out to the end of this Apostle. I dare say that due to erosion, the narrow path and increasing numbers of visitors public safety has become paramount.

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And if the fences do not deter you, the maybe the signs will.

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This shot is the eastern view
(looking back towards Geelong).

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While this shot is the more often used postcard photograph
(the western view)

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Great Ocean Road

Earlier this year I played tour guide for some Canadian friends whom I had not seen for around thirty-five years. I spent several weeks planning an itinerary which would I hoped would repay them for the hospitality they showed me when visiting Canada.

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A day trip from Geelong to Port Campbell was decided upon. This drive would see us travel from east to west along the Great Ocean Road, an iconic heritage listed tourist attraction along South Western Victoria’s coastline.

The the first indication that you are about to enter the Great Ocean Road proper is the Great Ocean Road ‘gateway’ about twenty minutes drive from Geelong.

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imageThe road is not straight and care must be taken while driving. Allowing a full day to travel from Geelong to Port Campbell will give you time to admire the scenery.

Commencing at the Geelong end is better for two reasons. First, in Australia we drive on the left side of the road, so driving from East to West gives everyone better views of the rugged coastal. Second reason, is that the sun is behind you all the way which makes the drive more relaxing.

The planned trip also offered me a chance to use my Nikon D90.