Tuesday, 3 July 2018


The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. The road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, and is the world's largest war memorial; dedicated to casualties of World War I. It is an important tourist attraction in the region, which winds through varying terrain alongside the coast, and provides access to several prominent landmarks; including the nationally significant Twelve Apostles rock formations.

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of miocene limestone rock stacks jutting from the water in Port Campbell National Park, between Princetown and Peterborough on the Great Ocean Road. The apostles were formed by erosion: The harsh weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 45 metres high. The site was known as the Sow and Piglets until 1922 (Muttonbird Island, near Loch Ard Gorge, was the Sow, and the smaller rock stacks the Piglets); after which it was renamed to The Apostles for tourism purposes. The formation eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. Geology is fantastic, that nature created such sights, and then we little humans come along and name the features as we will. Glad to know this history of these standing stones!

  2. Great shot. Love the misty look. This is an amazing piece of coastline. I remember driving along here as a child on holiday and being fascinated by all the rock formations.

  3. Gorgeous photo!! What wondrous rock formations!

  4. We were lucky enough to see them too. Great trip!

  5. What's a little mathematical error when it comes to such a fabulous location?
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  6. What stunning landscape


  7. A fantastic scene, but I can't see tourists clamoring to see the Piglets, so it's good that they changed the name. We have '3 sisters' that are only 2 and a half at the moment, but they are still lovely.

  8. So beautiful! I wish I could go there!