A Scenic Tour

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End May 08, 2012

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What I did
The Twelve Apostles

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I left Apollo Bay yesterday (Jan 12) on the 3 hour bus to Warrnambool. The bus ride doubled as a scenic tour as it stopped off at The Twelve Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and The Bay of Islands for a few minutes viewing. I would have preferred more time to tour and hike around the area, but thsi was the most afforadable/scenic way to get back to Melbourne. We started off on an inland climb from Apollo Bay winding up and down hills and passing some really beautiful fields full of grazing cattle and sheep.After an hour or so the Great Ocean Roady goes back along the sea at Port Campbell National Park, where we had our stops at the scenic points. The most stunning features were the 12 Apostles-  which were renamed from the Sow and Piglets to attract more tourism- oddly though there were never 12 when it was named. There are now 5 I believe and as they continue to erode into the sea, new ones will be formed from the current cliffside. The weather turned ugly just as I arrived, and wind and freezing rain pelted me while I tried to take pictures!! Loch Ard Gorge was the next stop and the sun came out and I was able to get some good shots. You can really see how the wind and the sea has shaped the coast line, creating islets and caves. London Bridge  was next although it's not a bridge anymore; what was connected to the mainland collapsed in 1990- with two people standed on the newly formed island!! The last viewing stop was the Bay of Islands, a vast bay with many rock formations. The road continued back inland past farmland and back to the sea at Warrnambool, which was my stop for the night.
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