Torquay to Port Fairy, Victoria
I have been on a new adventure to Victoria recently for my cousins wedding and had the most wonderful time. One of the highlights of the trip was the great ocean road, it’s just so captivating. This was my first experience of this rugged and beautiful coastline. My mum spent a lot of time here as a child and it was so lovely to hear all of her stories.
Loch Ard Gorge
By far the most captivating is the story of the English merchant vessel the Loch Ard and its ill fated journey to Victoria in 1878. It struck bad weather and high seas and was wrecked against Muttonbird Island. There were only two survivors from the 53 passengers and crew. Tom Pearce was washed into the now named Loch Ard gorge when he heard the screams of Eva Carmichael out at sea, he went to her aid and the two survived the ordeal spending one night together in a cave. My mum spent a lot of time here as a child and I can imagine how wonderful it would have been. I have to say the water is freezing and it was summer!
The Twelve apostles
The next image is of the amazing twelve apostles although there are slightly fewer than twelve these days. It is a truly breathtaking sight and they have such a stoic presence is the face of certain destruction.
London bridge collapsed on the 15th of January 1990, leaving two people stranded. They had to be rescued by helicopter, but they were the last people to walk on this unique natural phenomenon.
The grotto is an amazing arch that is accessed via a set of winding steps. Once at the bottom the arch is revealed and the pool that forms reflects the sky and gives the appearance of the ocean rising up to meet you.
Flora & Landscape
Here are some shots of the amazing flora and landscape surrounding you. It’s like the grey gum forest meeting the ocean and the most rugged and beautiful landscape is the result. I feel like if I were to live on a coastline this is where I would want to be.