Extreme weather conditions of the Southern Ocean caused soil erosion responsible for the carving of the soft limestone into caves and cliffs. The orphaned stacks formed into isolated cliffs of up to 50 meters high off the shore of Port Campbell are collectively called the 12 Apostles. They used to be nine formations and arches but one of the stacks fell down in 2005.
A sonar mapping of Victoria in 2016, however, revealed that there were five more apostles hidden 6 kilometers offshore sitting 50 meters beneath the ocean. It was believed that changes in the sea level had drowned the apostles before they could erode. They had been preserved for up to 60,000 years.
The site of the 12 Apostles was also called the Sow and Piglets. The Mutton Island near Loch Ard Gorge was the Sow and the rock formations or the 12 Apostles are the Piglets. The 17 apostles of which 8 remained standing because 5 had drowned and the others caved in have been drawing visitors from all over the world.
The waves in the surf were responsible for the creation of the apostles and the same ocean water was to blame for their collapse and drowning. Such is nature’s power in creating a picturesque image of land and sea under a blue sky or a colorful sunset.
If you happened to be in Melbourne take the chance to pay a visit to this holy site! Seeing the iconic 12 Apostles is the main highlight of most Great Ocean Road tours. And there are many things you can do there. You may pray or simply thank nature’s artistry. Better yet, just enjoy the excursion.
The spectacular landscapes and seascapes are simply amazing you’d go speechless. You could not resist but wonder at the allure of the cliffs and capture the changing sunset hues.
Feel the fine sand between your toes as you take a walk along the beach of Loch Ard Gorge while listening to tragic tales of shipwreck and bravery. Feel the ocean breeze caressing your skin while watching the stunning surf beaches on Gibson Steps. You can also take a helicopter ride to have a bird’s eye view of the entire site.
So what are you waiting for? Be captivated by the beauty of such a natural wonder. Take a breathtaking coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road to reach nature’s version of 12 holy apostles and get drowned in the experience that is sure to be memorable.