I am loving this second week of Wish We Were Here Wednesday! I am really enjoying going through old photos from my travels in Australia and sharing them with you.
This week’s side trip Down Under is when our group took a day trip and went down the Great Ocean Road.
When I first learned of our plans to spend some time in Melbourne, I started doing a little research of what to see and do. Other than spend some time in the city the number one thing on my to-do list during our time in the state of Victoria was to see the Great Ocean Road!
A little history about GOR – It is a 151 mile stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia in the state of Victoria. The road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, and is the world’s largest war memorial, dedicated to casualties of WWI.
Our tour was awesome because we got to stop along various points and take pictures of the sights. We started super early in the morning and traveled the road all day!
Two of my best mates – Steph & Julie – I took this picture of them before we were actually friends. Does that make me a bit of a stalker? 🙂
(I am in the blue shirt!)
Other than seeing the amazing coastline (known as Shipwreck Coast), as well as visibility of the Bass Strait and Southern Ocean we got to stop and see parts of the lush rainforest which transverses Great Ocean Road.
I mean check out how massive this tree is! Wowzers!
Aside from the rainforests, beaches and beautiful views my main interest in travelling the road was to get to see the Twelve Apostles. This is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore by Port Campbell National Park.
Limestone stacks you say? Why would anyone travel to see those?
This is why…
Gorgeous, right? I love how they are called the 12 Apostles but according to our tour guide (and the internet) there was only ever 9 stacks. Today there are 8 standing.
According to Wikipedia: “The apostles were formed by erosion: the harsh weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 45 meters high”
Whatever you call them, or however they formed, they are just breathtaking!
Here are a few more pictures from my time with the 12 Apostles:
This area is known as Loch Ard Gorge -its an example of the erosion in action
The carved out area in the middle of the stack is known as the Blowhole.
Side Note: Did I mention there is a Great Ocean Road Marathon?? Umm….sign me up!