Tuesday, 5 January 2016

12 APOSTLES, VICTORIA

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 Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.





16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous views, Nick. Impressive scenery.

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  2. Stunning pictures of the ocean and the apostles ... 9 or 12 doesn't seem to matter much as they are all beautiful ... nobody can beat nature's artistic abilities except, perhaps, the photographer who captures her works. Beautiful, Nick ... Australia is on my Bucket List ... fingers crossed :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  3. Beautiful natural pillars. There are some off the coast of Oregon, but those are mostly rocky. - Margy

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  4. Beautiful photos! I'd love to see this place in the future.

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  5. wow! this is amazing. beautiful photos.

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  6. A beautiful beach and great rock formations. I have heard about them but never seen them. Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. These are beautiful images of an interesting place I've yet to see. Happy New Year to you!

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  8. Wow - these images are stunning. Beautiful!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/01/nosey-cat-yep.html

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  9. An amazing memorial Nick and the scenery is stunning. My ears perked up when you mentioned Torquay and Warrnambool. Torquay (England) was right next to the village where I lived and where I worked for seveal years before coming to America. Thanks for stopping by when I was on vacation. Happy New Year!

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  10. Your photos are amazing! I really want to visit this place one day. I love to admire rock formations.

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  11. So gorgeous! Love seeing formations like these. Your photos are awesome!

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  12. Beautiful images! Best wishes for the new year!

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  13. Que playa más bonita, una maravilla!!!
    Raquel

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  14. Faboulous to have a walk!! Wonderful panoramas...

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  15. Great scenic photos of the rock formations Nick. I never knew about the origin of the name & that there were never 12, seems a strange name to give them in that case. I think I prefer the Sow & Piglets name.

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