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Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 5: Loch Ard Gorge

After biding goodbye to the lovely Port Campbell town we drove to Port Campbell National Park.

Here are some of the awesome views along Great Ocean Road.

I stopped the car in the middle of the road and took this picture. The road was practically ours!

View like this doesn’t come often. That’s why the car was crawling like a snail… so that we can enjoy the magnificent views!

Breathtaking baby!

On the road we go… lalalalalala

11 minutes later we reached Loch Ard Gorge.

This is Loch Ard Gorge.
Remember the large anchor photo in my previous post? Yeah it belongs to Loch Ard but that’s not the main anchor. It’s just one of the 4 tiny ones. Can you imagined how big the main anchor would be?

This place is named Loch Ard Gorge after the clipper Loch Ard that shipwrecked here in 1878. The actual wreck site is at Muttonbird Island; the sow which is not far from where this picture is taken.

Muttonbird Island is located behind the cliff on the right of this picture. Blocked… cannot see. Hehe

There’s a wooden stairs which will bring us to the beach.

My sis is checking out the caves there. Nothing to see according to her. I didn’t follow her there as the area is quite muddy.

I’m of course the one wearing Crocs. This Crocs have accompanied me to so many places. I’ll write a post about it soon.

Nature’s art work. As beautiful as Twelve Apostles.

On top of this cliff is where we came from. Look at the patterns… carved by the sea and wind.

This is the beach at Loch Ard Gorge.

This dead wood looks like Mr. Paul, the gone-for-good octopus. Hehehe πŸ˜›

Now this is interesting. How on earth did the footsteps prints jut outward instead of pressing into the beach sands?

I was as baffled as you until just before I publish this post online… I asked my sis.
I’ll tell you at the end of this post.

Do you know why?

Look at the waves! The tide is coming in. The time was 10am.
During high tide, we won’t be able to walk on the beach. Everything will be under water.
That’s why we left after that. The path going up the steps will be blocked by water.

And we touched the sea water. Icy cold man!

I’ll end this post with a picture I ‘stitched up’ using 3 photos. So amateurish. LOL But I like it. Kekeke Click at the picture and it will bring you to flickr, then click at the magnifying glass (top right) to view it in full.

Now for the answer…

Ahem… it was optical illusions. Hahaha

I’ve rotated the picture 180degree as below.

Now can you see it? Hahaha Looks like I rotated the picture wrongly while editing the photos. Still it looks cool doesn’t it? Now go back to the first photo and try to imagine ’em the normal footprints on sand.

To be continued…

Melbourne-Great Ocean Road-Victoria travelogue (more on the way):
Melbourne Day 1: Federation Square, Hosier Lane & Flinders Street Station
Melbourne Day 2: Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade & Block Arcade
Melbourne Day 3: Victoria Hall & Queen Victoria Market Again (Part 1)
Melbourne Day 3: St. Kilda Beach, Luna Park & Acland Street (Part 2)
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Car Rental, West Gate Freeway & Point Addis
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Anglesea, Aireys Inlet’s Split Point Lighthouse & Lorne
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Stunning Great Ocean Views, Apollo Bay, Almost Cape Otway Lightstation & Wild Animals!
Great Ocean Road Day Self-Drive 4: Pee Story, Port Campbell National Park & Trouble Finding Twelve Apostles
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 4: Twelve Apostles At Sunset [+Video] & Port Campbell
Great Ocean Road Self-Drive Day 5: Port Campbell Hostel, Post Office, Refuel & Port Campbell Town

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  • Reply tekkaus December 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Warr…my mulut terngahngah…your pictures are damn stunning!

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Tekkaus, warr sure ar? hahaha ok I take the compliment. Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dawn December 19, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Yeah, i remember this place too. Your pictures are so much better than the one my parents and I took! Greats pics you got there.

  • Reply xin December 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    ouch! kena conned by you πŸ˜› i was wondering hard why the footprints like that too. and and, your photos are amazing!!!

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Dawn, I bet you visited more places then. Were you following tour group or travel on your own?
    The pictures are much better now… all thanks to digital camera I guess. πŸ˜›

    Xin, I sendiri kena conned sendiri. Lagi cham πŸ™ hahaha
    Ohh thank you kekeke πŸ™‚

  • Reply foongpc December 21, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I would love to drive on that long lonely road! The Loch and Gorge looks amazing!

    LOL at the optical illusion! : )

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Foongpc, make this your next travel destination ya.
    Hehehe cool eh the optical illusion. πŸ˜›

  • Reply lechua December 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

    awesome post!!! it really looks like a GREAT OCEAN drive …and breathtaking scenery. lovely photos πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Lechua, Thanks πŸ™‚ Oh yeah the scenery was amazing!

  • Reply Clar September 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Love your pics.. they are so beautiful.

    I’ve been thr once almost 15 yrs ago.. will be visiting Melbourne again, but for only three days, guess I won’t have enough time to cover the journey in 1 day. Wanted to bring my little girl for the Penguin Parade instead, such a waste.. πŸ™

    • Reply Che-Cheh September 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Clar, thanks!
      You can actually visit Great Ocean Road in 1 day but need to be in hurry mode. 1 1/2 days is ideal. You can still do it. Penguin Parade is interesting too. I didn’t have time for that. I’m sure your little girl will be excited.

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