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Memorial Arch, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Photographed at one of many stops along the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Portland, Victoria, Australia. The Twelve Apostles are one of the most visited locations along the Great Ocean Road. I seldom had even good, let alone excellent light for photography. Twelve Apostles was one of the few places where there was blue sky for a few minutes. Cloud cover and wind prevailed most of the trip. Wind caused the atmosphere to be hazy.


The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.


The Great Ocean Road officially starts at Torquay and travels 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road. The road is two lane (one in each direction), and is covered by a speed limit changing between 80 kilometres per hour and 100 kilometres per hour


The road is considered a tourist attraction in the area, in which much of the road hugs coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone, which is susceptible to erosion. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, the latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations including Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Arch (formerly London Bridge) and The Twelve Apostles. At the stretch of the Great Ocean Road nearer to Geelong, the road meanders along the coast, with tall, almost-vertical cliffs on the other side of it. Road signs put up along the road warn motorists of possible rockfalls, which have occurred before. Wikipedia


I joined my daughter who lives in Adelaide South Australia, her partner, Tom, and my two grand kids (age 1 and 5) for this long drive through Victoria and South Australia. We drove to Melbourne, spent one night there, than to Torquay where we spent two nights, then on to Portland for one night.


We visited the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium, the St. Kilda Botanical Garden, and the waterfront in Port Phillip, a suburb of Melbourne. In Torque, Taylor Park was a nice spot to get bird photos early in the morning although with cloud cover the light was poor.


We visited a Erskine Falls in Great Otway National Park, but needed at least one more day to explore the park.


The highlight of the trip was the stretch of coastline near and beyond the Twelve Apostles. We finally got some blue sky and sun while in Port Campbell National Park (Twelve Apostles) but the wind was howling.




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Taken on January 18, 2015