A collection oflimestone stacks in close proximity to one another off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. The Apostles were formed by erosion.
On January 15th, 1990, the main arch connecting London Bridge to the mainland cracked and fell into the sea. When this happened, two people were left marooned on the new island and had to wait a few hours to be rescued by helicopter!
Loch Ard Gorge
This gorge is named after the ship, Lorch Ard. Only two people survived of the 54 passengers and crew when the ship ran aground on Muttonbird Island on June 1st, 1878. The ship had been on a three-month journey from England to Melbourne at the time. The two survivors were Tom Pearce, a ship's apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irish emigrant. After the ship went down, Tom drifted for hours under an upturned lifeboat. He was eventually swept into this gorge, where he found Eva and rescued her.
We were excited to swim here, but only dipped our toes in the water before realizing that it was icy cold! Not anything like the warm water at the beaches in Gold Coast!
This rock stack is called "The Razorback." The sharp edges and bumps along the Razorback are formed by wind-blown spray and erosion.
Aireys Inlet and Split Point Lighthouse
This lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction. Known as "The White Queen" by locals, Split Point Lighthouse has been in movies (Mad Max), literature (Arthur Upfield's The Clue of the New Shoe and Firestorm!), and television (Alpha Scorpio, Dead Man's Float, and Round the Twist).
Bay of Islands Coastal Park
This is a 33km long narrow strip of coastal park. There isn't anything to break the wind from Antarctica to these headlands, so the waves are very large and strong here. In a storm they can sometimes be up to 30 meters high. These conditions have shaped the spectacular coastline.
This grotto was formed by erosion.
We stopped in this town for dinner, where I ate shark for the first time. It was really good!
Grilled Gummy Shark with Chips and Salad
Captain Grant RN, while charting the southern coast of Australia, named this cape after a British admiral. The cliffs here are some of the highest on the Victorian coast and are embedded with 106 million year-old dinosaur bones.
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