Friday, September 20, 2013

Loch Ard Gorge - A Place Of Beauty And Tragedy

Loch and Gorge

The beauty of Loch Ard Gorge is best experienced by being there. I have never seen a beach so beautiful and so calm. Loch Ard Gorge is certainly one of the best places to visit and is usually coupled with a visit to the Twelve Apostles.

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge was initially an arch but erosion continued and the arch fell down eventually and what remains are the two sides of the arch. Loch Ard Gorge is absolutely beautiful and serene. However the history of Loch Ard Gorge isn't the same. In the 1800s the ship Loch Ard ran aground in the nearby island Muttonbird and of the 54 passengers only two survived. Tom Pearce was washed ashore and he went to rescue Eva Carmichael from the water. They were rescued from there by the locals and Tom became a hero. The two pillars were named Tom and Eva.

Loch Ard Gorge is on the Great Ocean Road a few kilometers away from the Twelve Apostles

Loch & Gorge From Top

Loch and Gorge From Top

Loch and Gorge Cliffs

Path to Viewpoint

Loch Ard Gorge Beach

The view from the cliffs was of course great but then the best part is the beach. I felt so peaceful standing on the beach and soaking in the colors and breathing the fresh air. Unlike other places the wind wasn't as strong, mainly because of the cliffs. The water was very calm and serene.


Loch and Gorge Beach

Loch and Gorge stream

Loch and Gorge bushes

Loch And Gorge Cave


There were a number of caves around the beach but they were not accessible. One of them had pretty cool stalactites. I could see water dripping from them and they were still being formed. It would be cool to go in there but certainly it wasn't safe. This had been the most awaited part of the trip and it totally lived up to it. 

Cave at Loch

Loch & Gorge Stalactites

Stalactites at Loch and Gorge

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