Beach towns & sinkholes

Saint Kilda, a small beach town suburb of Melbourne …

View of Melbourne from the St. Kilda pier
Main entrance to Luna Park – St. Kilda’s “Coney Island’

Mount Gambier, a small town at the western end of the Great Ocean Road ….

Umpherston Sinkhhole Gardens
Cave Gardens

Great Ocean Road

Heading southwest of Melbourne, we drove along the Great Ocean Road which follows along the south-eastern coast of Australia for 151 miles. It was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during WW1, the road is the world’s largest war memorial.

We were very lucky in getting a large summer ocean swell to compliment the natural limestone and sandstone rock formations along the coast. Here’s a bit of what we saw …

These formations are known as the Twelve Apostles, despite only ever having nine stacks. Due to erosion, here are only eight left …
The Loch Ard Gorge is named after the clipper ship of the same name. It ran aground on a nearby island in 1878 at the end of it’s journey from England to Melbourne. Only 2 of the 54 passengers survived, 19 year old ship’s apprentice Tom Pearce, and 19 year old Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman emigrating with her family …
Tom was washed ashore on this beach. After hearing cries from the water, he swam out to find Eva hanging on to a wooden plank. It took over an hour for the couple to make it back to the beach …