Posted by: travelrat | February 29, 2016

The Twelve Apostles

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Great Ocean Road: 20th November 2015

Next was the best-known site on the Great Ocean Road; the gigantic offshore limestone stacks called the Twelve Apostles. These can be reached on a day trip from Melbourne. But, according to ‘Australian National Treasures’, this is not the way to do it. If you stay overnight nearby, as we did, you’ll arrive earlier in the day, when the light on the stacks is better … and the crowds nothing like as intense as they’ll get later.

From the various viewpoints, we could see no more than half a dozen … there never were twelve, anyway, and erosion by the sea has reduced their number from nine or ten to eight.

Before they were given this rather fanciful name, the formations were called the ‘Sow and Piglets’, which should have stuck, because the number of piglets was never specified.

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  1. Gorgeous header picture!

    • Thanks! Welcome Aboard!

  2. A place I’ve always wanted to visit and your posting has made me determine to get there on my next visit downunder. Nice photographs too.

    • If you don’t want to drive yourself, we highly recommend the company we travelled with, Australian National Treasures Touring ( ). You can either do the 2-day tour to Warrnamboul, & taken back to Melbourne or the 3-day one, which takes you through to Adelaide.

      • Sounnds ideal. I didn’t know about this, and yes, I don’t want to drive myself!

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