We recently spent a few days exploring the Great Ocean Road, particularly the spectacular limestone cliffs and isolated rock stacks that rise up majestically from the wild seas that shaped this incredible coastline. You need at least a full day (or three) to fully explore the Great Ocean Road. There are lots of awesome tours (day tours, helicopter rides and extended day tours) listed at the bottom of this page. Here are some of our favourite spots along the Great Ocean Road.
The 12 Apostles are located 275 kilometres west of Melbourne, approximately a four-hour drive along the Great Ocean Road. My favourite times of day to photograph the Twelve Apostles are early morning (a great way to avoid the crowds) and late afternoon. At sunset from the main viewing area, the sun slowly sinks down behind the Twelve Apostles and can create some spectacular silhouettes. Be prepared to share the viewing area with quite a few other people, but thankfully there’s plenty of room to move about and find a good vantage point.
A beautiful beach to explore at low tide. There are two giant giant limestone stacks rising up out of the sea (nicknamed Gog and Magog). The beach is surrounded by 70-metre high vertical cliffs but access is possible (weather permitting) via the 86 steps carved into the face of the cliff. These steps follow the route originally used by the Kirrae Whurrong people. It’s a 1km walk from the Twelve Apostles carpark to the viewing platform and steps.
Loch Ard Gorge is the site of the most famous shipwreck on the Shipwreck Coast. The Loch Ard ran aground crashing into Mutton Bird Island in 1878. The only two survivors were Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael who managed to drag themselves ashore and find shelter in a cave at Loch Ard Gorge. Tom eventually climbed out of the gorge and raised the alarm. The Gorge is located just a short drive from Twelve Apostles.
This spectacular limestone stack used to be linked to the mainland via an enormous rock arch. As a child I remember walking out to the very end of this formation with my family. However in 1990, the archway collapsed without warning, leaving two people stranded out on the newly formed island. They were eventually rescued by helicopter!
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