Our final day on the Great Ocean Road and what a day it was. The sun was shining, the road was empty and the views were magnificent. We had to be in Warrnambool by lunch time so we got up early, packed our backpacks and hit the road. The first stop we made was 2 minutes after we had set off….we followed the road out of Port Campbell and up back on to the Great Ocean Road the view on the left side of the road of the town below was amazing…….
Our next stop was at The Arch. We pulled over here by accident….but what a lovely accident it was. The Arch is located 6km west of Port Campbell, this naturally sculptured arch stands at 8 metres high. The is a wonderful viewing platform when you can take some cracking photographs from.
Our final tourist stop was at London Arch (formerly London Bridge). In my opinion, the London Arch is the second most famous rock formation on the Great Ocean Road after the 12 Apostles and in reality, it lived up to the many pictures I had seen of it over the years. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge. Tourists could walk across the rock formation to the end which would have allowed for fantastic views out to sea and back across the mainland. However, the arch closest to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer part until they were rescued by a helicopter. Rumour has it that the ‘tourists’ were both cheating on their partners and ‘enjoying each others company’ when the collapse occurred. Truth or myth – you decide!
As we pulled in to Warrnambool that lunchtime it dawned on me what I had just done, I had fulfilled a dream. It was quite emotional. I realised there and then I would probably never get the opportunity to repeat the past three days and that was a hard truth to swallow but then I reminded myself that I had been very lucky to have been able to do it in the first place.
One perfect, exciting and fulfilling experience completed, now on to the next……..The Grampians!