On my travels a few weeks ago when I went down to Victoria to explore the Victorian countryside with Leanne Cole, one of my requests was to see the 12 Apostles (see previous post here).
After we saw them we kept going down the track a while further to Razorback and Loch Ard Gorge. We then had a bite to eat in Port Campbell and headed west still a ways more to The Arch and London Bridge. There was so much to see and take in, all in one day. It is such a beautiful part of our rugged coastline, a not to be missed experience.
Razorback at Loch Ard Gorge is a ridge of standstone rock just off the shoreline (an elongated stack apparently).
You can park the car and go to the left to see Razorback and then over to the right is Loch Ard Gorge where you can go down the steps into the gorge. It can be quite an eerie feeling being down there with the tide coming in and looking up at the high cliffs. Lucky there was a staircase for us but not so lucky for the ship that was wrecked near there on Muttonbird Island which was named Loch Ard. It had sailed from England for three months and was nearing the end of its journey when it went aground. Only two of the 54 passengers and crew survived. One of these was Tom Pierce, a ships apprentice who made it to shore then heard cries coming from the water so went back in to rescue Eva Carmichael. Luckily he was agile enough to climb out of the gorge to find help from the locals.
Further west after Port Campbell we headed to The Arch, then London Bridge.
The Arch is the first attraction just about 6km west of Port Campbell and so named as wave erosion has worn out the middle of this stack and created an arch.
London Arch was called London Bridge until one day without warning (1990) and after some people had just crossed back to the mainland, it gave way and fell into the ocean, leaving two people stranded on the stack. They had to be rescued by helicopter. Lucky not to be on the bridge itself when it gave way I am sure they had a great story to tell of their narrow escape. The headlines in some Victorian newspapers stated “London Bridge has fallen down”.
Next time I visit, a helicopter ride is in order to see these beautiful natural wonders from the air to gain another perspective.
A gorgeous part of our country which I do hope to return to one day.