The 12 Apostles

The Great Ocean Road (known as the Surfcoast Highway between Geelong and Torquay) which stretches along the South Eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Geelong and Warrnambool is one of the worlds great scenic coastline drives.

Hugging tightly to the coast, the road offers outstanding views of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The section near Port Campbell covers some of the most scenic coastline in the world, because of its striking and dramatic natural rock formations. These formations include Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto, London Bridge, and most famously The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles are a collection of natural limestone stacks standing just off shore in the Port Campbell National Park, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Their amazing proximity to one another has made the site a huge tourist attraction. Originally the site was called the Sow and Piglets. The name was changed in the 1950s to the more majestic “The Twelve Apostles” to lure more visitors even though there were only nine left.

The stacks have been formed by erosion, and are varying heights and thicknesses. A number have fallen over entirely as waves continually erode their bases. A 160 foot tall Apostle collapsed on July 3, 2005, leaving only eight. Luckily I was there in 2003 before the collapse.

The Apostles serve as just one attraction in my favorite country on Earth. For my money, Oz has it all, the Apostles are amazing to see and an intrical part of the Great Ocean Road. See them on a trip to Sout Australia or to Voctoria. At the end of your trip stop off in Torquay and Bells Beach to see some of the best surfing in the world and pick up some surf gear. This is where Billabong and Quicksilver got their starts.

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  1. Great picture. I love the Great ocean Road

  2. I was at the apostles right after the collapse, London Bridge had a collapse as well. Your picture is much better than mine.

  3. Thx Helio, even with a collapse, the apostles and the Great Ocean Road in general are still amazing to see. It is just an amazing natural area of Oz and one of my favorite places on Earth

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