The Great Ocean Road runs along the southern coast of Victoria, Australia, and is considered one of the top coastal drives in the world. A highlight of the long, windy, scenic drive are the 12 Apostles, a series of limestone stacks constantly eroded by the harsh wind and ever pounding waves of the Southern Ocean.
Some of the stacks are up to fifty metres high. They started as caves, as the soft limestone was carved out by the constant surf, then archways, until all that was left were columns standing alone in the water.
The erosion continues with one of the Apostles dramatically collapsing in 2005, so that there are now only with left.
The Twelve Apostles Marine Park
The entire area is a marine national park where fishing is banned. You can walk down onto the beach at low tide, but most visitors are satisfied walking along the boardwalk.
Other sites in the area include Loch Ard Gorge, named after a famous ship wreck and London Arch, formerly known as London Bridge, until it also collapsed.
Many tourists visit The 12 Apostles
The Great Ocean Road starts just south of Torquay, around 90 minutes from Melbourne. The 12 Apostles are near Port Campbell.
A full day should be allowed to drive the road, as there is much to see and do along the way. If you are heading back to Melbourne it is possible to drive inland to save time on the return trip.
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