Tuesday, 17 April 2012

12 APOSTLES, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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.








21 comments:

  1. Beautiful place and great photos!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Wow, what a beautiful coastline. The rock stacks are cool and a wonderful sight to see. Thanks for sharing, gorgeous photos.

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  3. To wygląda przepięknie. Skały wychodzące z morza o cudownie niebieskim kolorze. Pozdrawiam.
    It looks beautiful. Cliffs overlooking the sea with wonderful blue color. Yours.

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  4. These shots are awesome.

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  5. OMG! This is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever seen, Nick! And your captures are awesome indeed! Took my breath away! I want to go there!!

    Sylvia

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  6. I was there last November and early December...how nice it is to see this beautiful place through your eyes (lens)! your photos are so similar to mine...such a gloriously beautiful place!

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  7. I've seen this in books, magazines, calendars, and i am always in awe. They are magnified evidences of Australia's very old age. It seems like the sand is orange-red? I remember my old scientist labmate, John Algae, brought me to a red beach in Sydney i already forgot the name. The photos are all perfect.

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  8. Wow! What beauty! Never heard of this place but will definitely include on my list of places to visit. Awesome rock formations.

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  9. Splendid place!

    I think I need to book another visit!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. Wirklich sehr schöne Fotos!

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  11. I've never been in Australia but this is very familiar from documentaries. This piece of coast is so similar to some parts of the Algarve (southern Portugal)!

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  12. Oh,my goodness! What a gorgeous coastline running alongside that blue water. The rock formations are mind boggling in their beauty. Your captures are awesome. Thanks for a wonderful post. genie

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  13. Terrific shots! Leaving Brisbane this weekend for a road tour through Victoria and G.O.R. is definitely on our itinerary; can't wait to see it!

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  14. Very beautiful. I love the ocean. Isn't it funny how tourism can change things. I bet a lot of the locals still call them the piglets. - Margy

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  15. I love the places your blog takes me!!

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  16. wow. those rocks... amazing. and the water so blue.

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  17. Terrific photos. Definitely a place to put on my bucket list.

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  18. What a nice place to read about the rock formations. It was my BING wallpaper this am.Just fascinating !

    Thanks for putting up the photos. I have you bookmarked now.
    Thanks from Scappoose Oregon.

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