I thought I’d take you for a pictorial jaunt along a section of one of our best tourist attractions here in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road is a ribbon of highway that winds its way around the coast for just over 240 kms and was built by soldiers returning from WW1. An amazing feat that took 13 years of hard labour.
We spent a day exploring one section of it! There are fascinating limestone cliffs and pillars and arches. Beaches of golden sand. On the day we were there, those beaches and the rock formations were getting a pounding from ferocious seas. I could see how it earned its name of The Shipwreck Coast. You can see the erosion in action on this pillar. According to one of the information signs along the way, the whole coast line is being nibbled away at a rate of about 2cm a year.
This formation – now called London Arch – used to be known as London Bridge. A span of rock used to join the two parts until it fell down in 1990. Two tourists were caught on the outermost part of the structure. Pretty unnerving to realise that the rock you’d just walked out on was no longer there, don’t you think! They had to be air-lifted off by helicopter.
And because I can’t resist… a couple of fauna and flora pics!
And a correa growing quite happily on the wind-swept cliff. Must be hardy… Note to self – should probably plant more of these in the garden!