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Old Jul 18, 2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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The Great Ocean Road was not part of our tour package but we booked an extra day in Melbourne so we could take this tour on our own. It was well worth the long day’s excursion. We left our Hotel at 7:00 AM and did not return until 9:00PM. The bus ride to get there and back was about 2 1/2 hours each way.

One of the most pleasant surprises was that early on we started a conversation with a couple from Tasmania and spent the day with these engaging down to earth people, exchanging stories with them about our lives and hearing about theirs.

The weather was partly everything from full sun to partly cloudy to rain. It was challenging shooting and the average stop was no more than 10 -15 min. Only one stop lasted three quarters of an hour but it required a good deal of walking and stair climbing to get to the view points. Would we do it again? Yes, in a heartbeat!


Pictures were taken with K-7 and either Tamron 18-250 or Sigma 10-20mm.



The road was built by 3000 Service men returning from WW1. It was begun in 1920 and opened as a toll road in 1922.




The 12 Apostles. (Only 8 remain)










Loch Ard Gorge






London Bridges. The two sections were connected by another section of bridge. A couple on there honeymoon had walked out to the outermost bridge and was alone out there when the inner bridge collapsed into the Tasman Sea. The bridge they were on shook for three minutes. It took several hours to get a rescue helicopter to them. That's got to be a honeymoon they will never forget!


London Bridge fell down.

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Old Jul 18, 2010, 11:37 AM   #2
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Amazing place. I'll probably never get there. The people in the Gorge pic should realize how lucky they are to view this marvel. Since 4 apostles are gone and the stones look sedimenatry, eventually, I guess, it will all disappear. Thanks for capturing some unique views.
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awesome series, thanks for sharing these. Really love the colors of the water against the island rocks
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Beautiful series - some cracking shots in there.
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Really fine series, Lou!
I'd love to be able to travel.
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Facscinating spot Lou...really like your compositions. They show off the vastness of the area. Thanks for the commentary as well.
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More awesome shots! The scenery is so striking, I can see why you'd do this trip again.
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Frank - The Apostles are sandstone and the relentless pounding of the Ocean will bring them all down at some time. If you look carefully at the pictures you will see new ones forming (caves in the cliffs at the waterline) that eventually cut their way through to form new monoliths.

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NMRecording, Frogfish, GW, Jehan, & Harriet, Thanks! The sights were jaw dropping in many places on this trip. I'm glad I could take you all there with the photos.

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Another great series, Lou! Keep 'em comin'
Australia/New Zealand has been my lifetime travel goal

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