Day two of our Great Ocean road adventure involved more sightseeing. Our first stop was Gibson’s Steps; and the first sightseeing stop in Port Campbell National Park. After taking in the view from the top of the cliff, we walked down the narrow steps, all the way down to the beach. It was a long way down that’s for sure! We walked along the stretch of beach and enjoyed the sunshine, before heading back up the steep staircase. We took a few minutes to take in the view (and catch our breath!) before heading off again.
It was a short drive to the 12 Apostles. We parked at the tourist information centre and headed over to the walkways. The 12 Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks just off the shore, only 8 are now visible due to erosion and collapsing. From the end of the walk way you could see the stacks either side, and a gorgeous view of the coastline. Although the stacks were pretty impressive, it was kind of sad to think that they too are susceptible to erosion, and so the view would be somewhat different in time.
After our walk, and taking some pictures, we continued on to the next spot; Loch Ard Gorge. The gorge is named after a ship that wrecked there in 1878. The signage there tells a story about two survivors of the wreck, Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael. Tom was washed ashore, but rushed back to the water to rescue Eva after hearing her cries for help.
We headed down the stairs to the gorge, where we admired the surrounding caves and the gorgeous beach. There are a couple of large boulders on the beach, which of course the boys had to climb. Admittedly, I did join in the adventuring too! 🙂
On the way to our next stop, which should have been London Arch, we saw signs for the Thunder Cave. Intrigued by the name, we decided to make a quick stop. The cave was aptly named! As the waves from the sea crashed into the cave the sound that echoed back was incredible. It was a good stop off, that wasn’t in any of the guides we had. I would recommend it, as it is really impressive to hear the power of the waves.
We continued on to London Arch. The offshore natural arch was formerly known as London Bridge until the span connecting to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly in 1990. When it collapsed, two tourists were stranded on the arch, until they were rescued by helicopter. The arch is pretty impressive, and viewable from several different platforms.
After the arch, we made our way to another lesser known spot. I had seen The Grotto on a few travel Instagram accounts, but had no information about it in my guide book. The photos I had seen were beautiful so I added it to our trip anyway. When we arrived, I was not disappointed. The Grotto is a naturally carved cave which stands about half way up the cliff from sea level, containing several rock pools. It looks so magical, like I could imagine mermaids or fairies living there. It is gorgeous, and probably my favourite stop of the day.
Finally, we made our last stop of the day at The Bay of Islands. We had a walk along some of the hidden beaches, and along the cliffs, taking in the views. It had been a long day, which many stop offs, and beautiful views. After the Bay of Islands, we made our way to our campsite at Port Fairy.
The Great Ocean Road is beautiful and there is so much to see. We had plenty of time to stop and enjoy the sights, it is the perfect road trip!
Bye for now