My husband and I recently visited Melbourne to celebrate my 2?th birthday. Though we had both been there before, our previous visits were either too short or work related, so we were excited to spend a week exploring one of Australia’s most famous cultural hubs.
We began our holiday with a trip along the famous Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell, a scenic four hour drive south-west of Melbourne. The drive itself provided a great start to our break – we both had just endured one the busiest periods at work so it was wonderful to simply sit and chat in the car for a few hours.
The fine weather provided a glorious backdrop to the rugged and dramatic Victorian coastline, as we made our way to one of the main attractions, the Twelve Apostles. However, the weather changed all too quickly and it started to rain as we arrived. Though the coast was shrouded in mist, it seemed to add to the mystery of these extraordinary limestone rock stacks.
As a brief history, though they are known as the Twelve Apostles, there have only ever been nine formations. In 2005, one stack collapsed, leaving only eight (as they continue to erode at a rate of 2 cm per year).
These photos don’t do our experience justice. The soaring heights of the cliff faces; the power and magnitude of the wild, crashing waves relentlessly beating against the coastline; and the sheer magnificence of the Apostles themselves – all those present are rendered utterly speechless in awe and wonder.
The Twelve Apostles weren’t the only impressive natural wonders in the area. We discovered a blow hole, a treacherous archway, and the ominously named thunder cave.
Invigorated from our expedition, we spent the night at Port Campbell before making the return trip to Melbourne completely refreshed, where a new adventure was about to begin. Stay tuned…