Loch Ard Gorge is the site of the most famous shipwreck on the aptly named Shipwreck Coast. The Loch Ard ran aground crashing into Mutton Bird Island in 1878. The only two survivors Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael managed to drag themselves to the safety of the beach inside Loch Ard Gorge. For a moment, these two tragic teenagers were the talk of the English-speaking world, which very much hoped they would marry (they did not). Walk along this sandy beach, dramatically closed in by towering sandstone cliffs. Explore several other short walks in this area including the cemetery where Tom and Eva’s less fortunate shipmates are buried.
A short walk from Loch Ard Gorge, Mutton Bird Island used to be called ‘The Sow’ back in the days when the Twelve Apostles were known as ‘The Sow and Piglets’. Every spring and summer the island is home to a noisy colony of Short-tailed Shearwaters (aka muttonbirds). Every day at dusk between October and April, these birds flock home to their burrows in their thousands, to feed hungry chicks. Experience this incredible natural event before heading to Port Campbell for dinner and an overnight stay.
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Twelve Apostles (Port Campbell National Park)
Changed traffic conditions - Great Ocean Road near Twelve ApostlesTo reduce congestion and manage visitor safety around the Twelve Apostles, speed limit reductions, roadside barriers, dual-language message boards, traffic control and additional parking arrangements will be implemented between 21 December 2019 and 6 January 2020, and then on weekends throughout January.Visitors to the Twelve Apostles are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early, with increased traffic expected around the popular destination.More information